By Cathy Locke
U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner has announced that an indictment was unsealed charging three men with offenses involving sex trafficking of minors.
A federal grand jury on Oct. 27 returned the indictment against Paul "Yoshi" Moore, 49, and Kevin "Ket" Hawkins, 45, both of Sacramento, and Timothy Lee, 44, formerly of Sacramento, Wagner said in a news release.
The indictment was sealed until federal agents arrested Hawkins and Moore on Tuesday morning. Lee is in custody in New Mexico, facing federal charges of sex trafficking of minors in Colorado, the release states.
The indictment alleges that Moore produced sexually explicit images of three minors in 2006. He also is accused of recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting and maintaining the three minors, identified as T.T., T.B. and A.B., knowing that they were under 18 years of age and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act, the release states.
Moore also is charged with possession of matter containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on Feb. 22, 2007, the release states.
Kevin Hawkins was charged with aiding and abetting the production of sexually explicit images of the minor A.B. and with aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of A.B., according to Wagner.
Timothy Lee was charged with aiding and abetting production of sexually explicit images of the minor T.T. and with sex trafficking of T.T., the release states.
Hawkins was arraigned on the indictment Tuesday and detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday. Moore is to be arraigned today.