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Badge and Bar: Trial date set on child sex trafficking charges

POSTED: April 10, 2014 12:12 a.m.

A tentative May trial date has been set for three Gainesville residents accused in a child sex trafficking case in Hall County Superior Court.

Authorities said Maria Mercedes Vasquez-Quiroz was trafficking a 4-year-old girl for “sexual servitude” purposes to two men, Junior Alexander Delcid-Leon, 31, and Digno De Jesus Mejia, 36, between December 2010 and December 2012.

Delcid-Leon and Mejia were charged with offenses including child molestation, cruelty to a child in the first degree and rape. Vasquez-Quiroz was charged as a party to the crimes. Mejia and Vazquez-Quiroz were also indicted under Georgia’s recently established human trafficking statute, and charged with trafficking of a person for sexual servitude.

A trial, whether in May or later, faces one hitch: Quiroz was determined to be mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Her attorney, a public defender, filed a motion saying Quiroz did not understand the concepts of court; the charges; the role of her attorney; the judge; or the jury. She was moved to competency court, where defendants undergo regular hearings until they are deemed mentally fit.

All three defendants are being held in the Hall County Jail.

Suwanee man arrested on enticing a minor charge

A Suwanee man was charged with enticement following an undercover Internet sting.

Jimmy Scott Forrester, 20, allegedly sent sexually explicit photographs and messages to a person he thought was an underage female.

He faces two charges: one count of obscene Internet contact and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Forrester is being held in the Hall County Jail on $35,000 bond. He requested a committal hearing at his first appearance in magistrate court Tuesday. The committal hearing was set for April 25.

Five other men have been charged since November with enticement in cases stemming from undercover Craigslist investigations executed by the sheriff’s office.

An enticement conviction carries one-year minimum imprisonment and a 20-year maximum, as well as registration as a sex offender. A first offender’s sentence may be served on probation.

The Internet obscenity charge carries a one-year minimum and 10-year maximum prison sentence, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Emma Witman covers public safety issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:

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