He forced her to perform daily sex acts in her Sioux Falls apartment for $200 during the summer of 2011.
Monday morning, 35-year-old Tajahn Clinton was sentenced to 33-and-a-half years in prison for federal sex trafficking.
Judge Karen Schreier sentenced Clinton to the maximum allowed under a plea agreement.
“It was a pretty extensive operation,” Schreier said in describing Clinton’s crime.
Clinton was sentenced for forcing a 26-year-old woman to perform sex acts, but U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says their investigation shows Clinton had up to seven women involved in his operation.
The 26-year-old victim was the only one who took the stand during the hour-long sentencing Monday morning. She said she has a mental illness and is on medication for the regular nightmares she’s experienced since Clinton was arrested.
“I’ve tried to hurt myself numerous times and I tried suicide,” the victim said in court.
Neither Clinton nor his family and friends who were in court made any statement when Judge Schreier gave them the opportunity. Schreier said at one point in Clinton’s life he helped less-fortunate children when he lived in Texas, however with his drug and alcohol abuse, he had strayed from that work.
“I hope you find a way to channel that (in prison),” Schreier said. “I hope you find a way to be a positive influence.”
Clinton will likely be released from prison when he is in his mid-60s.