Houston man, David Mearis gets life for trafficking girls for sex
HOUSTON (STL.News) A 45-year-old Houston man has been sent to prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million following his convictions on five separate counts of sex trafficking involving adults and minors, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
A Houston federal jury deliberated for less than three hours before convicting David Mearis Oct. 18, 2019, following three days of trial.
Today, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt sentenced Mearis to life in federal prison on each count to run concurrently. He was further ordered to pay $921,680 in restitution to the victims.
At the hearing, the court heard additional information including excerpts from victim impact statements two of the victims had prepared. “Many days I thought might be my last, being beat as if not human,” said one woman. “I ask that you ensure that no other human has to be subject to the threat of Mr. Mearis. He has created distress and trauma to one too many women and I how we are the last victims of his destructive mind.” Another victim called Mearis the “Devil. I was fearing for my life not knowing how to escape the humiliation that was going on.