Madison Man Charged with Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Profiting from Commercial Sex Acts

Nov 3 2014
Madison Man Charged with Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Profiting from Commercial Sex Acts

 

MADISON —Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne have announced that charges of  human trafficking, attempted human trafficking, second degree sexual assault and receiving compensation from the earnings of a commercial sex act, all as a criminal repeater, were filed against Madison resident Lindy Gill in Dane County.  An initial appearance is scheduled in Dane County for November 4, 2014, at 1:30 pm. 

 

According to the Criminal Complaint, during the identified timeframes, Gill prostituted three women and would take all of their profits.  Gill would use some of this money to buy drugs and hotel rooms for him and the victims.  He threatened one victim that he would contact human services about her child if she didn’t work for him.  He provided and withheld heroin from the other three women in an attempt to control their working for him.  Gill attempted to prostitute the fourth woman in June of 2014 and sexually assaulted that woman, according to the Complaint.

 

Human trafficking is a Class D felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 25 years or fined not more than $100,000, or both. Second degree sexual assault is a Class C felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 40 years or fined not more than $100,000, or both.  Receiving compensation from the earnings of a commercial sex act is a Class F felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 12 ½ years or fined not more than $25,000, or both.  Each charge also alleges the criminal repeater provision, which increases the potential maximum imprisonment by another six years.

 

A copy of the Complaint is available here.  A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law.  A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

Dane County Assistant District Attorney Diane Schlipper and Assistant Attorney General Karie Cattanach represent the State of Wisconsin in this prosecution.  This investigation was conducted by the Madison Police Department, the Dane County Narcotics Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Victim Services are being provided by the Dane County Victim Witness Unit.