Two people were sentenced to decades of prison time after a jury convicted the pair of trafficking a 17-year-old girl, according to court documents.
Laronda Jamese Moore, 39, and Eric Joshua Robertson, 33, were found guilty of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Robertson was given a 40-year sentence, with the first 25 years to be served in confinement. Moore was given a shorter sentence of 25 years, with the first 20 years behind bars. Both may serve the remainder of their sentences on probation.
Robertson was sentenced as a recidivist under Georgia code, meaning he must “undergo the longest period of time prescribed for the punishment” and “serve the maximum time provided in the sentence of the judge,” according to Georgia law.
Robertson and Moore were also convicted on the second count of the indictment, second-degree child cruelty, but Robertson was acquitted on his sole third charge, battery.
On the jury verdict form, the jurors noted they found Robertson not guilty on the battery charge “based on no photographic evidence.” They also noted on the form that they wished to see another person charged as well.
Investigator Ashley Corwin said at the committal hearing in February 2018 that the victim was a teenage runaway
Investigators searched a cellphone that had multiple messages through different applications and phone numbers about Moore and the victim working for her.
Defense attorneys Tom Csider and Larry Duttweiler did not return requests for comment.
The indictment alleged the two trafficked the victim “in sexual servitude by coercion and deception” in 2018. The child cruelty count said the two “caused cruel and excessive physical and mental pain by requiring her to have sex for money, threatening to batter her and battering her.”
As a condition of probation, both defendants may not have any unsupervised contact with children.
“We’re pleased with the verdict and pleased that the jury recognized and saw her for the victim that she was and rendered what we feel like is the just verdict,” said Hall County Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance, who tried the case.