Man gets 100 years in prison for sex assault, trafficking of teen

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man was sentenced to a century behind bars Wednesday for raping a 16-year-old girl and trafficking her for sex.

A judge sentenced Curtis Maxie to 100 years in prison.

“In you, sir, I face the devil incarnate,” said Judge Netti Vogel. “I’ve never seen more despicable excuses for human beings than those predators, the master, Curtis Maxie, and the apprentice Marquis Melia.”

Maxie, 60, was found guilty back in April of three counts of sexual assault, one count of sex trafficking of a minor, and one count of conspiracy.

During the trial, the victim testified that Maxie repeatedly assaulted her at his North Bend Street apartment in April 2014 after she ran away from home.

He and his co-conspirator, Marquis Melia, then trafficked the girl for sex through advertisements online, according to prosecutors.

Melia pleaded no contest to his role. He’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

The victim did not speak in court Wednesday, but a prosecutor read a statement on her behalf.

“All I want is to have him get locked up for what he did and what he deserves. I got raped and kidnapped for a month by him, and he should get as long as he can get in prison, I don’t care.

If he gets out on good behavior he will find me and might even kill me.”

Maxie spoke out in court but did not admit to any guilt.

Curtis Maxie and Marquis Melia
Curtis Maxie and Marquis Melia

“This trial was not fair,” he said. “My attorney wasn’t doing what he was supposed to be doing as far as representing me properly.”

Vogel described the victim’s rapes, saying, “she told him to stop and he didn’t.”

The judge ended by saying Maxie must be removed from society for the safety of the community.

According to his defense attorney, they plan to appeal the sentence.

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