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Milwaukee man convicted of running sex trafficking ring

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A jury in Milwaukee convicted a man Thursday of running a sex trafficking ring that included child prostitution.

45-year-old Roy Weatherall Jr. was found guilty on all 14 charges he was facing -- which included sex trafficking, sexual assault, and child abuse.

One of the state's witnesses was a girl who moved in with Weatherall 3 years ago when she was 15. She said she gave him all the money she made from prostitution and strip club dancing -- and she helped him recruit others for prostitution.

The girl said she left Weatherall for a short time after a vicious beating, but she told the jury that she still loved him.

The defense lawyer noted that the girl used to be a prostitute for a different pimp and her decisions to pay and live with Weatherall were totally her own.

Prosecutors also introduced other accusers' stories, testimony from relatives, and items recovered from Weatherall's home and cell phone.

The trial ran for 8 days. The state needed 2 hours to summarize its closing arguments.

A sentencing date was not immediately set.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)