Albemarle Circuit Court Sets Trial Date for Commercial Sex Trafficking Case

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A man at the center of Albemarle County's first sex trafficking case of 2017 now has a new trial date.

According to online court records, 34-year-old Quincy M. Edwards is facing:

  • 10 counts of commercial sex trafficking
  • 3 counts of receiving money from earnings of male or female prostitute
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • Possession with intent to distribute 2nd
  • Prisoner in possession of unlawful chemical 
  • Prisoner in possession of marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a controlled substance IV
  • False identifying self to law enforcement
  • Abduction with the intent to extort money
  • Extortion of money
  • Receiving money for procuring person

The prosecution said many of the charges stem from a police bust of a prostitution ring at the Royal Inn back in 2015. Authorities reportedly also discovered marijuana, meth, and other drugs during their investigation.

Court documents allege Edwards held women against their will, used a gun to intimidate them, and placed ads for prostitution on the website backpage.com.

Edwards could face roughly 150 years in prison if he is found guilty on all of the listed charges.

His trial is set to begin April 16, 2018, and it is expected to last a week.

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