May 15, 2018

Sex offender registration requirements upheld in interstate prostitution operation

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 15 ½-year prison sentence of Thurman Stanley, 41, of Stroudsburg, including a requirement that Stanley comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), imposed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley.    

Stanley, who pleaded guilty to drug and interstate prostitution charges in March 2017, waived his right to appeal the applicability of SORNA because he agreed in the plea agreement that SORNA applied to his offenses.

The Court explained that, “[a] defendant who stipulates to a point in a plea agreement cannot later make arguments taking a contrary position.”

Stanley was indicted on sex trafficking, prostitution, and drug charges by a federal grand jury in November 2016. He subsequently admitted to prostituting 11 adult females in Pennsylvania, including transporting three of the females to New York, Iowa, and North Dakota for purposes of prostitution.

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