Chattanooga man sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex trafficking, kidnapping, money laundering

Chattanooga man sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex trafficking, kidnapping, money laundering

September 10th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

This story was updated Sept. 10, 2018, at 5:12 p.m. with more information.

Corrie Gillispie

Corrie Gillispie

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A Chattanooga man has been sentenced to 33 years in federal prison on sex trafficking charges.

Corrie Gillispie, 42, was convicted Friday of kidnaping, two counts of commercial sex trafficking, transportation for prostitution and money laundering, according to a news release.

On May 17, 2016, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Gillispie, who is also known as "Tyme," "BiggtymeChattanoogatyme" and "Profit Tyme," the Times Free Press previously reported.

Less 10 days later, on May 26, he was arrested by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Chattanooga Police Department.

Evidence produced during the trial revealed Gillispie romantically pursued a victim and convinced her to travel to another state to meet him, a news release states.

When they met, Gillispie informed the victim he was a pimp and restrained her. When she tried to leave his vehicle, he assaulted her.

The victim ultimately was held against her will by Gillispie and forced to engage in commercial sex, from which he benefited financially, through threats of force, fraud and coercion, the news release states.

During the trial and the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge McDonough found Gillispie "acted disrespectfully with an intention to obstruct the administration of justice" and sentenced him to an additional 12 months in prison for contempt of court.