A former Marine convicted of pimping out hundreds of women — together with some he plied with medication — over practically 20 years has been sentenced to 30 years in jail.
Jesse Gabriel Marks, 38, was sentenced May 7 after pleading responsible in September to intercourse trafficking by power, fraud or coercion, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced earlier this month.
Court paperwork confirmed Marks — who was reportedly discharged from the Marines as a personal in 2002 — prostituted hundreds of women over practically 20 years, together with at the least one minor.
Federal prosecutors stated Marks used medication like heroin and methamphetamine to maintain his victims depending on him and to proceed working for him.
“After meeting Marks, many victims either developed addictions or deepened their addictions, ruining their health and, in many cases, their lives,” prosecutors stated in a press release.
Marks additionally plied the women with drug cocktails with out their data and sexually assaulted them whereas unconscious or practically unconscious. He recorded many of the assaults on video, prosecutors stated.
Marks joined the Marines in Lansing, Michigan, in April 2000, the Marine Corps Times reported. He was final assigned as a rifleman at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina previous to his discharge in 2002, the outlet reported.
Court information present that Marks, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, was initially arrested in a 2019 methamphetamine drug bust in Onslow County, based on the report.
At least two of Marks’ victims had been grownup navy dependents and lots of of his shoppers had been enlisted within the navy, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office informed the Marine Corps Times.
“Indeed, evidence indicated that he used his experience as a Marine to teach women working for him how to better target Marines,” spokesman Don Connelly wrote the outlet. “He also sold drugs to Marines.”
Marks admitted to prostituting greater than 200 victims, however one witness put the quantity nearer to 600, Connelly wrote.
The drug prices had been reportedly dropped below a plea settlement that requires Marks to pay $249,700 in restitution to a number of victims.
Evidence from the investigation is now being shared with police businesses in and round Camp Lejeune in an try to establish Marks’ civilian and navy shoppers, the Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday.
“This guy is no longer a Marine,” Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller informed reporters Tuesday. “He is an ex-Marine. I’m so glad he was taken off the street and I think our community is safer for it … This case is over, however, there is still additional evidence that we are aware of that we will follow up. There may be more predators out there.”
Many of the Marks’ victims interviewed by police stated the bulk of their shoppers had been Marines, Naval Criminal Investigative Service Carolinas Field Office Special-Agent-in-Charge Sean Devinny stated at Tuesday’s press convention.
But the victims didn’t prepare the encounters themselves, Devinney stated, including that many of them informed police Marks usually recognized the shoppers as Marines.
Evidence indicated that some active-duty navy members had been speaking with Marks, however the assessment didn’t present “actionable intelligence,” Devinney stated.
The information shall be shared with investigators on the Marine base and different close by police businesses, based on the report.