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Huntsville man, victim's father face federal charges in sex trafficking case

Billy Edwards faces several new charges in connection with the alleged prostitution of a teenage boy from Honduras.

Posted: Nov 30, 2017 1:46 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2017 8:08 PM

A Huntsville man arrested a month ago on sex trafficking charges has now been indicted by a federal grand jury, along with the victim's father.

Billy Randolph Edwards, 63, and the victim's father are now charged with commercial sex trafficking, coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in prostitution and sexual exploitation of a child. Edwards also is charged with child pornography production and illegal possession of firearms as a felon.

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WAAY 31 is not identifying the father, who is from Honduras, in order to protect the victim's identity.

Edwards is accused of paying the boy's father $20,000 over several years to have sex with the boy, who was 16 at the time. Edwards and the father used cell phones and bank accounts to coerce the boy to engage in prostitution, according to the indictment.

Edwards also had three pistols and a shotgun which he possessed illegally, prosecutors said. He was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to commit fraud in 2005.

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