Man found guilty of sex trafficking in the Fargo-Moorhead area

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) US Attorney Christopher C. Myers says that, 29 year-old Anthony Donte Collier, aka “Koleone the Great”, from Illinois, was found guilty following an 11 ½ day jury trial of Conspiracy to Engage in Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking of a Child, and four (4) Counts of Sex Trafficking.

According to the US Attorney, the case came to the attention of law enforcement after Collier’s state probation officer found a picture on Collier’s Facebook page showing a young woman on her knees, dressed in lingerie, with a dog collar around her neck attached to a leash, which was held by Collier.

Law enforcement learned that Collier was frequenting hotels with that same woman depicted in the image.

Officials later obtained a search warrant for Collier’s cell phone, which contained images of several women, including a 17-year-old juvenile girl.

Law enforcement found that the same images located on Collier’s cellphone were also seen on backpage.com, an online classified advertising company, under the “Escort” section.

Collier’s cellphone was utilized to purchase Bitcoins, which were ultimately used to buy advertisements on backpage.com; the ads depicted the same women/photos.

Collier used Backpage.com to advertise the women for sex.

In interviews with officials, victims said that Collier assaulted them, including urinating on one of them, to compel the victims to engage in commercial sex acts.

The sex acts happened in hotels as well as private homes located in both Moorhead and Fargo. Five victims were identified and interviewed as part of this case.

“Anthony Collier trafficked five victims into sexual slavery, including a 17 year old girl. His actions have forever changed the lives of these victims,” said Special Agent in Charge Alex Khu of HSI St. Paul. “But they and the people of the community can take some measure of comfort knowing that he is facing a lengthy prison term. HSI is proud of the work we’ve accomplished with our local law enforcement partners and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.”

US District Judge Ralph R. Erickson has set sentencing for July 24, 2017, at 10:00 AM, in the US District Court Fargo.

This case was investigated by the Moorhead Police Department, Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Assistant US Attorneys Jennifer Puhl and Brett Shasky prosecuted this case.