A DeKalb County man was sentenced Jan. 27 to 60 years in prison after being convicted of pimping minors, according to a statement from the office of DeKalb District Attorney Robert James.
A jury found Erik Djon Ferguson guilty of 16 felony counts, including pimping a person under 18 years old and conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children.
“I was never in a prostitution sting,” Ferguson said during the trial. “I was not there when the crime happened. One of the girls admitted to prostituting before she even met me.”
Ferguson was sentenced by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams in a trial in which Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine served as lead prosecutor.
“Today, the jury and the judge sent a loud and resounding message that human trafficking has become a big issue and will not be tolerated here in DeKalb County,” James said. “We see many children exploited at an early age and enticed into a reckless and dangerous lifestyle of prostitution. Our goal is to protect young people from being exploited by these predators and to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”