The 13th Judicial District Court of Judge James Lagomarsino and jurors heard the first Human Trafficking case tried in Navarro County last week. The jury sentenced Corey Henderson to 99 years in prison Friday, Aug. 16 for the offense of Continuous Trafficking of Persons.
Henderson was convicted of selling two victims, one adult and one child, to various men for sex over a period of time between March and December of 2017.
Under Texas law, continuous trafficking occurs when a person, over a period of 30 days or more, profits from the prostitution of another. If the trafficked person is a child under 18, the trafficking can occur by any means. If the victim is an adult, the evidence must show that force, fraud or coercion was used.
Jurors heard evidence that Henderson would slap, punch and choke his victims when they told him that they didn’t want to participate. Henderson would also utilize drugs and withhold food to gain compliance.
Through testimony from experts out of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Division and the investigative work of Corsicana Police Detective Dan Putman, Deputy Attorney General Kirsta Melton and Navarro County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wolf showed jurors numerous hotel receipts, text messages and ads from the now-defunct Backpage.com, where Henderson advertised the victims. Additionally, the jury heard from the two victims about how they met the defendant and how he eventually forced both of them into prostitution.
District Attorney William “Will” Dixon said he was pleased with the work of the prosecutors and with the punishment handed down by the citizens of Navarro County who served on this jury.
“This case was downright disturbing,” he said. “This remorseless man repeatedly sold two women into prostitution. I’m grateful to the jury for sending the message that Navarro County will not tolerate such vile and depraved acts. I’m proud of the work my office did in cooperation with the State Attorney General’s Office to bring this man to justice. Andrew Wolf in particular is a tremendous asset to our office.”
Henderson has been housed in the Navarro County Jail since last year on bonds totaling $460,500 from charges levied against him by Corsicana Police Department, Navarro County Sheriff's Office, and Mexia Police Department.