NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Pascal Calogero, III, age 60, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ‘ 1594(c). Calogero was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment, five (5) years of supervised release, a $5,100 special assessment fee and payment of restitution to the victim, which will be determined within 90 days. Additionally, Calogero must register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, between at least May 9, 2017, and June 5, 2017, Calogero conspired with others to traffic a fourteen-year-old female from Metairie, Louisiana. Specifically, J.B. met the victim on May 9, 2017 and recruited her to work for him as a prostitute. She worked for J.B. from about May 9 through about May 23. J.B. required her to turn over all, or most, of the money she earned from prostitution to him. J.B. then created advertisements on online classified advertisement services commonly used to advertise sexual services in exchange for money, through which J.B. received telephone calls and text messages inquiring about, scheduling, and arranging prostitution dates with the victim. J.B. scheduled the time, location, and other logistics of prostitution dates with the victim.
Between May 16, 2017 and May 22, 2017, J.B. transmitted sexually explicit photographs of the victim to Calogero via email and text message for the purpose of offering and encouraging Calogero to arrange a prostitution date with the victim. Calogero engaged in prostitution dates with the victim on at least four separate days, paying less than $120 per occasion. In addition to engaging in prostitution dates with the victim, Calogero occasionally drove her to prostitution dates with other individuals. On numerous occasions, Calogero also attempted to facilitate the prostitution of the victim to multiple adult men by, among other things, taking and transmitting sexually explicit pictures of the fourteen year old to them, negotiating prices, arranging the times and locations of prostitution dates, and providing his personal residence as the location of a prostitution date he arranged. Calogero successfully brokered prostitution dates with the victim on at least three occasions.