Dana J. Boente, U. District Judge Henry Hudson. Hodza and Sorensen, who were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 3,face a mandatory-minimum term of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison when they are sentenced on August 14, As set forth in the plea agreement, the United States and the defendants have agreed to recommend a sentence of 35 years imprisonment on Count One and 10 years on Count Two to run concurrently.
This recommendation is not binding on the court.
The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. When the victim arrived, the defendants took her phone, forced her to consume alcohol and marijuana, and sexually assaulted her.
The defendants then told the victim that she was not free to leave and forced her to prostitute for the next several days.
Sorensen and Hodza worked together to post advertisements on Craigslist soliciting the victim for sexual acts and arrange meetings for the victim to perform sexual acts for money. Sorensen collected all of the money paid for these sexual acts for use by Sorensen and Hodza. The defendants attempted to prostitute the victim along the trip at various truck stops. Upon arriving in Virginia several days later, they went to campgrounds in Virginia and North Carolina, where they continued to force the victim to engage in prostitution.
Upon arriving, the officers entered the RV and observed the victim displaying s of fright and malnourishment and removed her from the RV to speak with her alone. The victim then told them that she was being held against her will and abused by the defendants.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U. Attorneys Heather L. Hart, Dominick S. A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U. You are here U. Attorneys » Eastern District of Virginia » News.
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