CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – David Wills, a former South Padre Island businessman, has been found guilty of long-term sex trafficking of a minor.
According to a press release by the Department of Justice, Wills conspired with Maria Losoya to traffick a young girl between 2012 to 2015 beginning when the girl was 10 years old.
Wills and Losoya would use cell phones to arrange meetings at several locations. These locations included multiple of Wills’ residences as well as Losoya’s in Brownsville and hotels and motels in Corpus Christi.
According to testimony given to the Jury Wills promised to pay for the victim’s college tuition, and Wills also reimbursed Losoya with gifts to the victim. These gifts included an iPad, Bose headphones, a flat-screen TV, an Apple laptop, a trampoline, a swimming pool, and a school trip to Washington D.C.
Losoya pleaded guilty in 2017 and testified at the trial.
The jury heard from multiple defense witnesses attesting to the defendant’s character and successes while attempting to contradict testimony that Losoya and the victim gave.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, seven counts each of Sex Trafficking and Coercion/enticement, one count of attempted Coercion/Enticement and one count of Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice.
Wills faces up to life in prison.