A Madison man was indicted in federal court with bringing a minor from Wisconsin to Illinois to engage in prostitution.
James Coney, 31, Madison, is charged with recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting and maintaining a minor from December 23, 2017 to about January 20, 2018, knowing the minor would be engaged in a commercial sex act.
The indictment also charges Coney with transporting the minor from Wisconsin to Illinois on December 24, 2017, with the intent that the minor engage in prostitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
If convicted, Coney faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on each charge.
The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Fitchburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger is handling the prosecution.