CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The 67-year-old
founder and part-owner of Global Blue Technologies has been convicted of sex
trafficking of a minor female, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
The jury deliberated for 10 hours before
convicting David Wills, now of San Antonio and previously of Rockport and South
Padre Island, following a 10-day trial.
The jury heard that from 2012 to 2015, the
aquaculture company owner conspired with Maria Losoya and trafficked a young
girl beginning when she was only 10 years of age. Losoya and Wills used their
cell phones to arrange meetings at several different locations where Wills
would sexually assault the victim. These included multiple Wills’ residences as
well as Losoya’s in Brownsville and hotels and motels in the greater Corpus
The jury heard testimony that Wills promised
to pay for the victim’s college tuition if Losoya allowed him to sexually
assault the young girl. Wills also reimbursed Losoya for gifts to the victim
and expenditures she would otherwise not have been able to afford. These
included an iPad, Bose headphones, a flatscreen TV, Apple laptop,
trampoline, swimming pool and a school trip to Washington D.C.
Wills sexually assaulted the minor female
multiple times until she reported it in April 2015.
Losoya pleaded guilty in 2017 and testified
The jury also heard from the forensic
interviewer who first interviewed the victim about the sexual assaults, the
nurse who first examined her, several state and federal law enforcement
officers and an expert witness who testified about Wills' and Losoya's cell
site information. An eyewitness also described seeing the victim at a
Portland hotel where Wills and Losoya met in March 2014.
In addition, the jury heard from Wills’
former personal assistant who testified he asked her to hand over a personal
computer on the day of the victim’s outcry. He later admitted it was destroyed
to prevent law enforcement from seizing and reviewing it.
Wills, who had a total of 12 attorneys
representing him at trial, attempted to
convince the jury Losoya only wanted more
money and tried to refute cell site location data as well as the nurse’s
testimony. They also criticized the victim’s previous statements. Wills took
the stand and admitted having an affair with Losoya but denied any sexual
involvement with the victim.
The jury heard from multiple defense
witnesses attesting to the defendant’s character and successes, while
attempting to contradict testimony Losoya and the victim gave.
The jury ultimately returned guilty verdicts
on one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, seven counts each of sex
trafficking and coercion/enticement, one count of attempted coercion/enticement
and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
He faces up life in prison.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos
presided over the trial. Previously released on bond, Wills was taken into
custody following the verdict today where he will remain pending sentencing,
which will be set at a later date.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations, Brownsville Police Department and Texas
Rangers conducted the investigation with the assisatnce of the FBI. Assistant
U.S. Attorneys Zahra Fenelon, Rick Bennett and Stephanie Bauman are prosecuting