Battle Creek Sex Traffickers Charged Federally
Dept. of Justice (July 22) – A federal grand jury indicted four Battle Creek men, William Jeffrey-Davis Edwards (age 24), Dakota Dale Walters (age 24), James Gabriel Smith (age 26), and Michael Ray Noble II (age 20), on multiple counts of sex trafficking two minors, both age 14. Calhoun County previously charged all four defendants with human trafficking upon their arrest in June, and those charges will be dismissed in light of the federal prosecution. Homeland Security Investigations has been working closely with the Battle Creek Police Department on a coordinated state and federal investigation.
The defendants face up to life in prison on the sex trafficking counts, sex offender registration, and up to lifetime on intensive federal supervised release after prison. The minors will be able to seek monetary restitution for counseling, treatment, and other damages if the defendants are convicted. In addition to being charged with sex trafficking, Smith faces up to 10 years in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. >> Read more.