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Pimp busted in Eugene after 'planned commercial sex act fell apart' heading to prison

A federal judge sentenced Anthony Ballard Jones, 36, to 78 months for the interstate transport of individuals for prostitution and being a felon in possession of a firearm. (Lane County Jail mugshot)

EUGENE, Ore. – A man who pleaded guilty to trafficking women from Boise, Idaho, to Eugene, Oregon, to work as prositutes will serve over 6 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon said Wednesday.

A federal judge sentenced Anthony Ballard Jones, 36, to 78 months for the interstate transport of individuals for prostitution and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jones will serve a five years of supervised release after he gets out of prison.

The investigation revealed Jones had met his first victim 8 months before his arrest - and the other just days beforehand.

"Jones met his second victim in Boise, Idaho, in March 2015. She was homeless at the time, and Jones offered her drugs and convinced her that prostitution could make her rich," according to the U.S. Attorney's office. "After originally telling Jones that she did not want to engage in prostitution, she later agreed to do so."

Police caught up with Jones on March 7, 2015, at a motel in Eugene.

That's when "a planned commercial sex act fell apart when the second victim decided not to participate," the U.S. Attorney's office said. "The John became upset, started tearing at the second victim’s clothing, and threatened to return with a gun. After this incident, Jones threatened to leave the second victim stranded in Oregon if she did not continue to engage in prostitution."

Police investigated the disturbance and arrested Jones after finding he was in possession of a pistol. As a convicted felon, Jones is barred from possessing firearms.

Investigators learned "Jones would talk menacingly about 'regulating' his victims and keeping them 'in check' in order to intimidate them," according to prosecutors.

Jones pleaded guilty last November to the charges.

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