Convicted sex offender sentenced to prison time in human sex trafficking case

Booking photo for Marvin Mitchell from the Multnomah County Jail.jpg

PORTLAND, Ore. – A convicted felon was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison Thursday after a lengthy investigation into human sex trafficking.

Earlier this month, 31-year-old Marvin Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting prostitution and one count of 4th-degree assault (domestic violence).

According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, he admitted that back in March of 2017 that he “intentionally engaged in conduct that aided, facilitated and promoted the sex trafficking” of two women. He also admitted that he physically hurt one of the women in front of a child, officials said.

Court records show he was convicted of promoting prostitution back in 2010. He was ordered to register as a sex offender for that conviction.

Investigators said they learned that Mitchell first met one of the victims in 2006, when he was 18 years old and she was in middle school.

“This was a vulnerable young girl and Marvin Mitchell took advantage of that fact,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Mike Botthof said after sentencing. “He started to groom the victim. He told her that if she helped him make money then he buy her nice clothing. That’s when he started to promote her into selling her body for sex on Burnside Street and 82nd Avenue in Portland.”

During Mitchell’s sentencing Thursday, he was ordered to register as a sex offender. He will also have three years of post-prison supervision after his release.

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