Fort Wayne man sentenced in federal child sex trafficking conviction

Patrick Davis.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne man charged in May 2016 with rape and human trafficking, as well as other felonies, after his victim reportedly told police he tried to lure her into online prostitution, has been sentenced in federal court.

Patrick J. Davis, 29, was sentenced to 74 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for a single federal charge of sex trafficking of children.

It was March 2016 when, according to a probable cause affidavit, police on patrol found a gray Chrysler 300 sedan illegally parked on Winter Street in Fort Wayne. Officers spoke with three people in the car, Davis included, along with a young girl asleep in the backseat and “confused with her surroundings.”

A woman in the car told police the girl was her cousin, but police identified her as a 14-year-old runaway, and noted she was wearing a good deal of makeup, the affidavit said.

During an interview with police, the girl said she met Davis through Facebook, where he pitched her a plan to make money through prostitution, the affidavit said.

The girl said Davis knew she was young, and said she told him at one point, “You know I am not 15 yet,” the affidavit said. Davis reportedly told the girl her age was not an issue and “no one had to know,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit detailed that Davis picked the girl up in an alley behind her home on March 28. The girl said he immediately took her phone and deactivated her Facebook account “to make it harder to track (her) movements,” the affidavit said. The girl said Davis also planned to destroy her phone for the same reason.

From there, the girl said she spent the night with Davis and the other woman at Davis’s mother’s home, and they planned to travel to Ohio the following day to begin the prostitution through a website called, the affidavit said. The girl said Davis planned to enroll her in a “bootcamp” to learn the rules for engaging in online prostitution.

The plan was foiled when they were stopped by police, however, the girl told police.

A week later, the girl called police from the Allen County Juvenile Center and said she had additional information for investigators. During an interview with police, the girl said she’d sent nude photographs to Davis at his request. She also said Davis ordered her to write a note to her parents about why she was running away.

The girl then said Davis had raped her while she stayed with him in late March, the affidavit said.

The girl also told investigators that Davis took her to the home of a woman previously arrested for prostitution promotion, according to the affidavit. There, the girl told police that Davis and that woman discussed making her over, and securing her a fake ID, according to the affidavit. They also planned to obtain a prepaid credit card to pay for her advertising on the prostitution website and discussed the best locations for her to engage in the acts, the affidavit said.

Davis was jailed in Allen County on charges of rape, promotion of human trafficking, sexual misconduct with a minor and attempted promoting prostitution. The case was moved to federal court later.