“EVIL” Houston child predator gets 30 years
A 41-year-old Houston man whom a federal judge called “evil” was ordered Tuesday to serve 30 years in prison for sex trafficking four boys over several years through his home massage business and attempting to prostitute one of them during the 2012 Olympics in London.
In July, a jury swiftly convicted Jason Daniel Gandy after a three-day trial on four counts of sex trafficking of minors, one count each of transporting a minor, transporting child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child.
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At his sentencing Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal called Gandy “an abuser of vulnerable human beings.”
“You are evil,” the judge said, according to an account provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “and most evil are those who willingly exploit others for their own gratification.”
Following his 30-year term, Gandy will remain under supervision for life, with restricted access to children and the Internet. He must also register as a sex offender, Rosenthal said.
During the crowded hearing, three men in their 20s and early 30s testified that Gandy had shattered their feelings of self worth and stole their innocence, leading them to substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.
Gandy then offered a rambling, nonsensical speech in what his lawyer described as a “detached” tone of voice, touching on his childhood, the conditions of his confinement and his victims.
A Justice Department news release said Gandy exhibited no remorse and attempted to portray himself as victim.
Sentencing guidelines called for a term of life in prison, but Gandy’s lawyer, Sean Buckley, asked the judge for a reduction, arguing that due to his well-documented mental illness, Gandy has lived a very tortured existence as a prisoner prior to sentencing.
After the hearing, Buckley said the trial gave Gandy a deeper understanding of the pain his actions caused.
“Today was difficult for everyone involved, but it was an important first step in my client’s long road to redemption,” Buckley said.
Immigration officers became suspicious and halted Gandy at a London airport in July 2012 after he and a 15-year-old boy arrived on a flight from Houston. Gandy and the boy, who was not a relative, were returned to Houston on separate airplanes. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations took over in Houston.
Witnesses at Gandy’s trial testified that Gandy operated a massage business out of his home and used the teenager to provide massages and allowed customers to fondle the boy. Gandy compelled the teen to touch the customer’s genitals.
Jurors heard about Gandy footing the bill for the London trip and the boy’s passport. Gandy had planned to have the boy perform erotic massages during the London Olympics. The investigators told the court that Gandy had sexually abused the boy. Agents later learned that Gandy had similarly victimized multiple young men, some as minors and some as adults.
Four men who were minors when Gandy exploited them also took the stand, telling jurors how Gandy manipulated them into performing massages and sexually gratifying customers.