FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A local man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for sex trafficking of a 16-year-old girl.
Gregory Lynnell Gibson, 23, was sentenced to 144 months in prison without the possibility of parole and 10 years of supervised release for one count of Sex Trafficking of Children. He was also ordered to pay a $4,900 fine.
Kenneth Elser, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced Gibson’s sentencing which took place before the Honorable Timothy L. Brooks in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.
Detectives with the Springdale Police Department began looking into the case involving Gibson and a 16-year-old runaway in January 2014.
Court officials say the girl told police she had known Gibson since the 8th grade and recently reconnected with him via Facebook. When she was found at a Springdale hotel, police found out that Gibson had bookd her room a second room. The girl reportedly told officers that she was working for Gibson as a prostitute after he convinced her to quit school and offered to split the proceeds with her 50/50. However, she stated she gave all of the money from her prostitution to Gibson.
A search of Gibson’s phone revealed text messages relating to the girl’s prostitution, including prices, time limits and specific sex acts. There were also text messages on the phone relating to prostitution dating back to November 2013 with other individuals.
Gibson pleaded guilty to the charge in August 2015.