A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to running a commercial sex business that prostituted multiple juvenile girls in Herndon hotels, and other locations throughout Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Joshua Jacquis Dumas, also known as “Hitman,” 21, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty March 18 in federal court to engaging in a child exploitation enterprise. He faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced on June 7.
The leader of the venture, Edwin Barcus Jr., pleaded guilty one week ago to founding and leading a child exploitation enterprise.
According to court documents, Dumas admitted that he played an important role in Barcus’s enterprise, serving as a manager and helping recruit juvenile girls to prostitute for the venture. He and others expressed romantic interests in the girls, and then would make prostituting seem glamorous.
Dumas admitted that he came to Virginia at the behest of Barcus because of the substantial profits in Virginia. They decided to work out of Herndon.
Dumas had been prostituting two girls in Georgia, but he transported these girls via Greyhound bus so that they could prostitute in Herndon. The girls were given narcotics to keep them compliant. Dumas admitted that the enterprise also used a juvenile boy to run errands and do counter-surveillance against the police.
Court documents list several Herndon hotels where Dumas operated, including the Dulles Crowne Plaza, the Holiday Inn Express, the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites and the Hyatt House.
“Joshua Dumas was a leader in a prostitution ring that profited from selling the bodies of young girls,” said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride. “He’s facing at least 20 years in prison for these vile crimes, and we hope other pimps are getting the message that sex trafficking children is not good for business.”
Court documents say customers were charged at least $80 for 15 minutes of sex, $100 for 30 minutes, and $200 for 60 minutes. The girls were also instructed to charge more for “extras” and were encouraged to always try to get more money from the customers. The girls generally made at least $500 per day and sometimes made $3,000 per day. The girls were required to give all of their money to Barcus, Dumas, or other members of the enterprise.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has appointed a new acting police chief.
Lt. Col. Edwin Roessler, a 24-year law enforcement veteran, has replaced Lt. Col. James Morris as the acting chief of the Fairfax County Police Department. Morris, who had been in that role since October, has taken a position as the police chief for the town of Vienna. A national search for a new chief to replace former chief David Rohrer, who was appointed as deputy county executive for public safety, continues. Officials have not indicated whether Roessler is in the running for the permanent position.
Fire officials say a gas fireplace caused $125,000 worth of damage to a Reston home.
Fairfax County firefighters responded to a townhouse fire March 14 at about 8 p.m. in the Reston area of Fairfax County.
Officials said the single family home is located in the 11000 block of Greywing Court.
No one was home when the fire broke out. The fire was contained to the single townhouse.
One adult male has been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupant.
According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. A gas leak within a gas operated chimney ignited by the pilot light caused the fire, they said.
An Oakton man was served a four-year, 11-month sentence March 8 for his role in a 2011 drug dealing altercation in Loudoun County.
On Dec. 10, 2011, Erick Joseph Cox, 19, of Oakton, and two friends drove to a South Riding residence to purchase illicit drugs. During the incident, Cox and his friends attacked a victim, repeatedly beating him with a baseball bat, according to police reports.
The victim suffered multiple contusions, lacerations and a number of permanent injuries.
As part of his sentence, Cox was ordered to pay more than $40,000 in restitution to the victim’s family and insurance company for medical expenses incurred as a result of the attack.
Judge Benjamin N.A. Kendrick handed out the sentence in Leesburg. Cox entered a plea of guilty to one count of felony malicious wounding in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Nov. 13.
Kendrick ordered five years and one month of suspended time for Cox, who will be placed on supervised probation for five years upon his release.
On Friday, Aaron Thomas, 41, better known as the “East Coast rapist,” of New Haven, Conn., was sentenced in Loudoun County to two life sentences on the charges of rape and abduction with intent to defile. Thomas has been linked by DNA evidence to 13 attacks along the East Coast, including in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Prince George’s County, Md., Cranston, R.I., and New Haven, Conn. Six of the attacks were in Virginia. Thomas was previously charged, convicted and sentenced in Prince William County with attacking three teenagers, a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds, who were all trick-or-treating on Halloween 2009.
During that attack, the 16-year-old was able to use her cellphone to text her mother for help. Thomas was sentenced March 8 in Prince William County to three life sentences.
Thomas was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal’s Office on March 4, 2011. Authorities connected Thomas to the rapes from DNA taken off a discarded cigarette butt.