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Phoenix man found guilty of child sex trafficking sentenced to 141.5 years in prison

Nov 5, 2021, 4:05 AM
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PHOENIX — A Phoenix man found guilty of child sex trafficking was sentenced Thursday to 141.5 years in prison, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced.

William James McElroy Jr. last month was found guilty of 27 charges, including 11 counts of child sex trafficking, six counts of sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of receiving earnings of a prostitute, and one count of sexual assault among other charges.

“This case was exhausting, difficult to prosecute, and an example that together with law enforcement, we are making strides at combatting child sex trafficking in Maricopa County,” Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said in a press release.

“Today, the hard work of our prosecutors has made our community a safer place.”

McElroy allegedly took in a runaway minor in West Phoenix in 2018 and profited from the minor’s lewd acts, authorities said.

The man also during the progression of the trial – and even while behind bars – allegedly intimidated and threatened his victim in an attempt to avoid testimony being heard by the jury.

Other victims have also come forward since McElroy was arrested, authorities said.

“For the peace of mind of this victim and other victims who came before her, our office is glad to see this dangerous man being put away,” Adel said.

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Phoenix man found guilty of child sex trafficking sentenced to 141.5 years in prison