Former Ohio physician sentenced to 22 years in prison for trafficking girls between the ages of 12 and 15 for sex
A former Youngstown, Ohio, physician was sentenced to 22 years in prison Thursday for trafficking six underage girls for sex.
Albert Aiad-Toss, 53, pleaded guilty in February to seven counts of minor sex trafficking and one count of child exploitation following his arrest on July 5, 2019.
Aiad-Toss allegedly used the online application Snapchat "to entice, recruit, and patronize six minor female victims" into having sex with him. In exchange for sex, he would give them money, alcohol, and a variety of valuable items, including new clothes.
“He set aside $2,000 per month specifically for the purpose of obtaining young girls for sexual exploitation,” officials stated in a news release.
The encounters took place between June 1 and June 29, 2019. Numerous them involved multiple young girls meeting him simultaneously in a hotel room in Ashland County, approximately 90 miles from his home in Youngstown.
According to court documents, he stayed in a hotel in another city in order to avoid being seen by anyone he knew. He also frequently arranged for his victims to enter the hotel through a different door than the main entrance in order to avoid detection.
On June 15, 2019, investigators obtained surveillance video of Aiad-Toss inside a hotel with three juvenile victims. Two days later, a photograph of him in a vehicle with three underage victims was taken.
Pamela Barker, the United States District Judge who sentenced him on Thursday, described his scheme as "disgusting."
According to Cleveland.com, Barker told Aiad-Toss, "I don't understand how you budget $2,000 a month to do this."
“The conduct is reprehensible,” added Barker, who also imposed a $50,000 fine on the former emergency room physician.
“Today's sentence is the result of months of hard work by multiple law enforcement agencies to bring this offender to justice,” Ashland County prosecutor and special assistant United States attorney Christopher Tunnell said in a statement.
“We are sending a clear message to anyone who commits crimes against our children that, regardless of who you are, we will bring every available resource to bear on you and hold you accountable for your crimes,” Tunnell added.