The first trial in one of the largest sex-trafficking cases in the region ended with guilty verdicts for three defendants and acquittals for six others in a federal court room in Nashville Friday.
Idris Fahra, 25, Andrew Kayachith, 22, and Yassin Yusuf, 22, were found guilty of sex-trafficking related charges stemming from an indictment that once listed as many as 30 defendants.
Fahra was found guilty on one count of sex-trafficking a minor and a count of sex-trafficking another victim. He was charged with two additional sex-trafficking charges but found not guilty by the jury.
Kayachith was found guilty on a sex-trafficking charge but not guilty on three additional charges. He is still waiting trial on a severed credit card fraud charge.
The jury found Yusuf guilty on a single sex-trafficking charge and deemed him not guilty on three other charges.
Ahmad Ahmad, Musse Ali, Dahir Ibrahim and Faduma Farah were found not guilty on two counts of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor. Fatah Hashi and Mohamed Amalle were charged with four sex-trafficking related counts and were found not guilty on all charges.
Several of the defendants found not guilty have outstanding warrants and charges in other jurisdictions, so they will not immediately be released.
The trial lasted three weeks and the jury began deliberations Monday.
Originally, there was discussion about trying all the named defendants together. However, after months of motions and orders, nine went to trial on April 9.
Several of the defendants were severed to separate cases involving sex-trafficking of other victims and credit card fraud. Two defendants had plea agreements accepted, according to court filings.
Prior to the opening arguments, the federal prosecution team abandoned Jane Doe 1 as a witness and dropped all charges related to her.
Trial dates for the remaining defendants are pending.