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Judge Delays Sentencing in Las Vegas Sex Trafficking Case

Las Vegas, NV – The sentencing of Richard Babb, convicted of sex trafficking and sexually assaulting underage girls in Las Vegas, has been postponed by a judge.

In a tense court session on Tuesday morning, Babb, 23, expressed dissatisfaction with his defense attorneys and maintained a defiant stance as Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt explained his rights to file motions regarding his grievances.

“Your Honor, the damage is already done. The damage is already done,” Babb stated.

On April 15, a Clark County jury found Babb guilty on 10 charges, including two counts of sex trafficking a child under 16 years of age, two counts of soliciting a child for prostitution, two counts of luring children or mentally ill persons with the intent to engage in sexual conduct, sex trafficking a child under 14 years of age, sexual assault with a minor under 14 years of age, and first-degree kidnapping of a minor. Additionally, he was found guilty of statutory sexual seduction, a gross misdemeanor.

The Clark County District Attorney’s office revealed that Babb victimized four underage girls. He exchanged marijuana for unprotected oral sex with two girls, ages 13 and 14, after contacting them on Snapchat. He also sex trafficked two other girls, both aged 15.

One victim testified that Babb asked her to “Walk the blade,” a term for working as a prostitute. He dropped her off on Tropicana Avenue, an area near the Las Vegas Strip known for sex work. Police later found the teenager in a parked car with a man believed to be a customer.

Prosecutors stated that Babb could face a sentence ranging from 59 years to life in prison.

During the court session, Babb criticized his defense attorney, Ozzie Fumo, calling him a “monster” and accusing him of inadequate representation. Fumo, a well-regarded attorney in the Las Vegas legal community, is one of several lawyers who have represented Babb.

Babb also demanded to see video footage related to the jury, to which Judge Leavitt responded that no such video exists.

Babb’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 6. He remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.

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