This story was updated at 2 p.m. March 24, 2014.
A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a Germantown man of five counts related to a sex-trafficking case.
Jean Claude Roy, 31, was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; witness and evidence tampering; and three counts of interstate transportation for prostitution.
But the jury acquitted Roy of three other counts of sex trafficking by force and two weapons offenses, according to records filed in federal court.
“We respect the jury’s decision and we think the trial was fair,” said Michael Montemarano, Roy’s attorney.
Montemarano said the acquittal reduced Roy’s possible sentence by at least 45 years.
Roy still faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of three counts of interstate transportation for prostitution; and a maximum of 20 years in prison for witness and evidence tampering, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a news release.
The verdict capped a two-week trial in U.S. District Court.
Authorities said Roy and his female co-conspirator ran a cross-country prostitution ring. He bragged about beating a murder charge to scare the women he pimped out, prosecutors claimed in court records.
The women’s services were advertised in online ads.
A 25-page indictment outlines what the victims endured at the hands of Roy and co-conspirator Brittney “Kitty Amor” Creason, 19, of Decatur, Ill., including an incident in which a female victim was forced to have sex with Roy while Creason held her down.
Creason, who was arrested in Las Vegas in July 2013, pleaded guilty to using a facility in interstate commerce for an illegal activity.
She is awaiting sentencing.
The tampering charge against Roy stems from an incident that happened while he was jailed on related state charges in January 2013. Prosecutors allege that Roy asked a person on the outside to destroy evidence tied to the case.
Sentencing for Roy is scheduled for July 16.