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Greenville man sentenced for sex trafficking of 18-year-old girl

Alandis Patterson. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A Greenville man, Alandis Patterson a.k.a. “Vino,” was sentenced in federal court for sex trafficking Tuesday.

During the plea and sentence hearings, evidence presented showed that Patterson exploited an 18-year-old girl, got her hooked on cocaine and heroin, beat her almost daily, and forced her to have sex with multiple men.

Evidence also showed that Patterson used drugs to control the victim as he himself did not use heroin.

Sex with these men spanned from a night in 2013 through the late fall of 2015.

The victim was able to break free from Patterson when he went to jail for a short time on unrelated charges.

Once Patterson got out of jail, the victim told him that she was leaving. He then beat and choked her so badly that she had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for swelling to her head and body with a possible concussion.

Patterson was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, followed by a life term of supervised release, and $50,000 in restitution to the victim by U.S. District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks, of Charleston.

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