STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Andrew Golden, 35-years-old, of Sterling Heights, pleaded guilty to one count of Minor Sex Trafficking, for sex trafficking a 17 year-old. He was sentenced at the time of his plea to 20 months – 20 years in prison.
“We have had so much activity from our human trafficking unit over the over the past several months, we can make no mistake: Human Trafficking is happening in Michigan. We can’t ignore the crime happening not just in our cities but in our small towns as well,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. “I want to once again thank SEMTEC and local law enforcement for their quick action in this case and their continued efforts to fight human trafficking in our state.”
Golden pleaded guilty to one count of Minor Sex Trafficking, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 before Judge Daniel O’Brien in Oakland County Circuit Court and was sentenced at that time. In addition to his prison sentence, Golden must have no contact with the victim, register as a sex offender, and register his DNA.
Golden withdrew a previous guilty plea at the time of sentencing on April 24, 2017. As a result the court began a trial on Monday, June 26, 2017, but again a plea preempted the trial from continuing.
On December 14, 2016 agents found a posting on the website Backpage advertising “adult entertainment: escorts” that allegedly matched the description of the minor in question. Agents conducted an undercover operation to rescue the girl on that same day Golden was arrested at a hotel in Southfield.