AUSTIN - Steven Charles Sumlin, 41, has been sentenced after being arrested in 2017 on the charge of continuous trafficking of persons, which is a first-degree felony. Sumlin will be in prison for 55 years.
Sumlin was arrested after employees at a Gold's Gym in San Antonio recognized a girl he was with from a missing persons poster.
His charges stem from the sex trafficking of a 16-year-old girl and a 22-year-old woman.
Throughout the trial, evidence showed he recruited the girl online after she ran away, sexually assaulted her and coerced her into sex trafficking. He was arrested for aggravated promotion of prostitution in Dallas in 2015.
“There is no place for sex trafficking in Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Those who take advantage of vulnerable citizens will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I am grateful to our office’s prosecutors, the Bexar County DA’s office, local law enforcement and involved citizens for their efforts on this case. Thankfully, a dangerous criminal has been brought to justice.”
Sumlin is accused of being the leader of the prostitution ring that was operating out of San Antonio, Austin and Dallas.