SAN DIEGO – On February 8, 2021, Jonathan Madison, 29, of San Diego pleaded guilty in federal court to sex trafficking of children, admitting that he knowingly recruited, advertised, and solicited teenage girls and women to engage in commercial sex acts. Madison also admitted that he videotaped himself having sexual intercourse with an underage girl and later transmitted the video to her by cell phone.
In his plea, Madison acknowledged that he transported girls and women and provided them to customers for commercial sex acts, which took place in California and Colorado from November 2017 through April 2020.
Madison, aka “Jay Jay,” “Boobutt,” and “JT,” was arrested in April 2020 on sex trafficking charges and ordered detained without bond by the Court. A federal grand jury returned an indictment in May 2020 against Madison charging him with sex trafficking of a minor.
According to his plea agreement, between November 2017 and September 2018, while in the Southern District of California, Madison admitted he transported, provided, maintained and obtained a minor female (while she was 15 and 16 years old) for the purpose of her to engage in commercial sex acts in San Diego County. At this time, Madison knew the girl was under the age of 18.
Madison also admitted that in order to further his pimping activities, he caused online ads to be posted offering the teen for commercial sex. During this time, Madison transported her to meet with sex trafficking customers.
“Thank you to the dedicated law enforcement officers who work to identify and arrest sex traffickers and help to rescue victims of this horrible crime,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.
“There’s no place for human trafficking in California or anywhere,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “When our children are put at risk, we stand united to fight back. I applaud the efforts of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for securing this conviction. At the California Department of Justice, we’ll continue to leverage our resources to stand up for the most vulnerable among us.”
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Madison has been in custody since his arrest in April 2020.
Maximum Penalties: Ten-year mandatory minimum and a maximum of life in prison; mandatory Sex Offender Registration; a maximum term of supervised release of life; mandatory restitution to the victims.
San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, which consists of:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- California Department of Justice
- California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Parole
- California Highway Patrol
- ICE/Homeland Security Investigations
- National City Police Department
- San Diego City Attorney’s Office
- San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
- San Diego County Probation Department
- San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
- San Diego Police Department