SARASOTA, Fla. -- A Sarasota man was sentenced to 50 years on Tuesday after he was convicted of human trafficking this summer.
Ronald McBride was found guilty on June 17 of six felony charges including human trafficking (sexual). This is the first case, locally, where a suspect has been found guilty of that charge, according to Sarasota police.
This is the first case in Sarasota County where a suspect was found guilty of human trafficking.
“I feel like justice was served today,” said Sgt. Robert Armstrong, Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. “Ronald McBride received 50 years today and that sentence is a very long time for him to sit and think about what he’s done. Every day we fight against human trafficking in our community and we will continue to do so."
All charges stem from a December 2015 case, according to Sarasota police. McBride also was found guilty of aggravated assault with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment and sexual battery.
“This is a victory for the Sarasota Police Department, the State Attorney’s Office 12th Judicial Circuit and our partners Selah Freedom on behalf of all victims of human trafficking,” said Captain Corinne Stannish, Criminal Investigations Division. Human beings being sexually exploited is inexcusable and we are proud to have worked hard to put Ronald McBride behind bars for his crimes. Prostitution is not the world’s oldest profession, it’s the world’s oldest abuse story,” said Captain Stannish.