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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has man convicted on federal sex trafficking charges been sentenced?

Q: You had a story about the trial of Percy Love III back in December 2014. He was to be sentenced on March 12. Would you have any information on the sentence he received?

Mike, Sacramento

A: A federal jury in December convicted Percy Love III, 33, of sex trafficking in a case involving five victims.

According to online court records, his sentencing has been continued to May 28 due to the complexity of the case and the probation officer’s need for additional time to prepare the presentence report. He remains in Sacramento County Jail.

Authorities said evidence presented at trial showed that Love had targeted young women and underage girls to work as prostitutes for him since at least 2007. According to witnesses’ testimony, including that of victims, Love used charm to recruit and brute force to control the women and girls who worked for him.

On July 22, 2013, Sacramento police officers were called to a report of domestic violence and found Love asleep in the front seat of a car with a woman whose sister had called in the report. The woman told officers she was in a “working relationship” with Love and that he had beaten her many times. She reportedly had bruises and cigarette burns.

Love was arrested that night on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of Ecstasy. In September 2013, a federal grand jury indicted him, charging him with two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. Authorities said further investigation revealed more victims, and a superseding indictment was brought in March 2014.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.