Binghamton sex trafficking convict ordered to get mental health exam


A Binghamton man who was twice convicted of sex trafficking teenage girls has been sent to a psychiatric facility to determine his mental competence, before he’s sentenced to prison a second time.

During an August sentencing hearing, Antonio Ballard became contentious, rambling, incapable of focusing, according to Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas McAvoy, who signed the mental health order. After a second trial, Ballard had been convicted of five charges in December 2018 and faced a decade in federal prison.

The case has been pending since December 2014, when Ballard was arrested by New York State Police investigators — federal charges came a year later. 

Two girls were 16 years old and another was 15 years old when Ballard allegedly posted their pictures on a website. He was accused of using physical force and threats of physical force to persuade and coerce the girls to engage in commercial sex acts.


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