Sex trafficking charges against former death row inmate dropped

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Sex trafficking charges against a former death row inmate have been dropped.

A news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Hawaii doesn’t elaborate on why prosecutors dropped a 10-count indictment against Isaiah McCoy.

“The dismissal was deemed appropriate in light of information the U.S. Attorney’s Office became aware of in the past several days,” the release said.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway granted the motion during a hearing held Tuesday morning.

McCoy moved to Hawaii after being freed from death row in Delaware. Prosecutors alleged he forced, threatened and coerced young women into prostitution in Hawaii.

In announcing the dismissal, Kenji M. Price, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, stated: “Despite today’s dismissal, this office will continue the important work of investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes in Hawaii. We remain committed to tirelessly pursuing those who break the law, all the while vigilantly upholding the fundamental principles of integrity and justice that govern everything we do.”

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