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United States v. Hodza

United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Richmond Division

March 27, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
ALDAIR HODZA, Defendant.

          AJdair Hodza Defendant

          KEVIN SCHORK, ESQ. Amy L. Austin, Esq. Counsel for Aldair Hodza

          DANA J.BOENTE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

          Angela Mastandrea Miller Heather L. Hart Dominick S. Gerace Assistant United States Attorneys

         STATEMENT OF FACTS

         The parties stipulate that the allegations in Counts One and Two of the pending Criminal Indictment and the following facts are true and correct and that had the matter gone to trial, the United States could have proven each of them beyond a reasonable doubt. All of the events described herein occurred in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere within the jurisdiction of this court.

         1. From on or about December 19, 2014, through on or about January 6, 2015, the defendants, ALDAIR HODZA and LAURA SORENSEN, did knowingly recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, obtain and maintain a person, to wit: J.B., in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, and did aid and abet each other in doing so, knowing and in reckless disregard of the fact that force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion would be used to cause J.B. to engage in a commercial sex act as set forth in Count One of the Indictment in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1591(a) and 2; and from on or about December 19, 2014, through on or about January 6, 2015, the defendants, ALDAIR HODZA and LAURA SORENSEN, did knowingly transport an individual, to wit: J.B., in interstate and foreign commerce, and did aid and abet each other in doing so, with the intent that J.B. engage in prostitution and sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense as set forth in Count Two of the Criminal Indictment in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2421 and 2.

         2. Prior to December 19, 2014, the defendants entered into an agreement with one another to approach the victim, J.B., to get her to come to their recreational vehicle (hereafter, R.V.). On December 19, 2014, SORENSEN drove to J.B.'s home and asked her if she wanted to hang out and play cards with the defendants and SORENSEN's younger sister in the R.V. SORENSEN's younger sister and J.B. have been friends since kindergarten.

         3. J.B. agreed to accompany SORENSEN back to the R.V. where HODZA was waiting. Once in the R.V., J.B. realized that SORENSEN's younger sister was not present. HODZA and SORENSEN told J.B. that no cell phones were allowed in the "home," and took J.B.'s phone away from her. At some point the defendants advised J.B. that she was going to be punished by SORENSEN and HODZA. J.B. was then forced by the pair to consume alcohol and smoke marijuana. Shortly thereafter, J.B. was sexually assaulted by both HODZA and SORENSEN.

         4. After telling J.B. that she was no longer free to leave, HODZA and SORENSEN instructed J.B. to refer to them as "Master" and "Mistress." They later instructed J.B. to refer to them as "Enforcer" and "Handler." J.B. was told that she would be required to engage in sex for money, and HODZA and SORENSEN began referring to J.B. as "Aurora."

         5. SORENSEN took explicit photographs of J.B., which she posted on Centralist using SORENSEN's cell phone. Through text messages and phone calls, HODZA and SORENSEN made arrangements for J.B. to meet with men in Iowa and engage in sexual acts for money.

         6. Between December 19, 2014 and December 24, 2014, HODZA drove SORENSEN and J.B. to various locations in Iowa to meet with men who had responded to the ads posted by SORENSEN. SORENSEN was in charge of negotiating the fees for various sex acts, and remained in the room with the men and J.B. while J.B. performed the sex acts. SORENSEN always collected and kept all of the money that J.B. earned for the sex acts.

         7. While J.B. was being held captive in the R.V. in Iowa, a dog belonging to SORENSEN and HODZA attacked their cat. In response, HODZA slit the dog's throat and threw the dog out of the R.V. where it lay dying. The next morning, the dog was still alive but whimpering. The dog was brought back into the R.V., and HODZA and SORENSEN subsequently obtained a firearm from a relative of SORENSEN's. HODZA then shot the dog and put it in a burn pile in the back of the residence where the R.V. was parked.

         8. On December 24, 2014, SORENSEN drove J.B. to her father's nearby residence to pick up Christmas presents for J.B's family. SORENSEN remained with J.B. the entire time they were inside the residence. J.B.'s father was never told that J.B. was going to be brought to Virginia. Other than ...


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