Florida Man Imprisoned For Buying a Trafficked Underage Girl on Backpage.com

Updated: April 30, 2019 / 4:13 PM

Former middle school teacher, Jeffrey Farrell Davis, 36, has admitted to paying for sex with a 14-year-old girl who was trafficked on Backpage.com. The man has received a 10-year sentence in federal prison, prosecutors mentioned on Tuesday, in the latest criminal case stemming from the now-shuttered site.

Backpage.com was the dominant Internet marketplace which allowed people to buy and sell sex in the United States up until federal authorities seized the website in April 2018 as part of an investigation into both human trafficking and child prostitution.

Former Chief Executive Carl Ferrer has since agreed to shut down the website as part of an agreement with prosecutors in which he had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering charges. Ferrer is now cooperating in the investigation with the website.

Prosecutors claim that Davis was among the many men who responded to ads on Backpage.com that were offering a 14-year-old girl for sex. The child was sold then delivered to so-called johns at homes and motels across north central Florida.

Davis, who taught middle school in a Gainesville, Florida, until 2015, pleaded guilty in March 2018 to charges of child sex trafficking and obtaining a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Davis has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars and is to pay $3,000 in restitution to the victim and $5,000 in fines.