Woman sentenced to 51 years for trafficking a child

By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters didn’t hide his feelings Tuesday when he said – “Good riddance, I have no use for people like this in society.”

He was referring to April Corcoran, 32, of Pleasant Plain, who had just been sentenced to 51 years in prison for trafficking a child.

In addition to Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz sentencing Corcoran to 51 years, she was also classified as a Tier III sex offender.

Corcoran was indicted on multiple charges in March 2015, after an investigation conducted by the Cincinnati Police Department revealed that she trafficked the girl to Shandell Willingham, 42, of Cincinnati, in exchange for heroin in 2014. She was also found to have forced the child, who was 11 years old at the time, to use heroin.

Corcoran pleaded guilty in June to charges of trafficking in persons, complicity (rape), endangering children and corrupting another with drugs.

“Many people mistakenly think that human trafficking only happens in foreign countries, but this case shows that children are trafficked here in Ohio, and sadly, some are trafficked by the very people who should be protecting them,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Human trafficking is a reprehensible crime, and law enforcement throughout the state is focused on holding traffickers accountable and helping victims escape servitude.”

After sentencing, Deters did not hold back

“Good riddance,” said Prosecutor Deters. “I have no use for people like this in society.”

The case against Willingham, who was also charged in March 2015, is pending. He is accused of sex crimes against the victim, some of which he videotaped, and is currently in the Hamilton County Jail.

The case is the first Hamilton County prosecution in state court for human trafficking and was prosecuted jointly by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

By Frank Lewis


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