Judge sentences 'evil' man to serve 85 years for sex trafficking teen at Cheaters strip club

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With the stated purpose of protecting children, a Superior Court judge ensured Wednesday that Troy Footman would never again walk free by sentencing the 54-year-old to serve 85 years in prison for sex trafficking a runaway teenager out of Cheaters strip club.
Judge Susan E. McGuirl observed that the evidence at Footman's trial last July revealed the "evil actions of a dangerous, evil man — a monster."
"You did it before. You're going to do it again," said McGuirl, noting that Footman was on supervised release after serving 13 years in federal prison on near identical charges when Boston and Providence police rescued the teen from the Allens Avenue club.
But before McGuirl handed down a sentence just five years shy of the 90-year maximum allowed under the law, the teen addressed the court.
In a faint voice, her hair in a bun and her boyfriend standing behind her, the teenager told of the torment and terror she has suffered.
"You broke me down until I felt like I was nothing," the teenager said. The Providence Journal does not identify victims of sex crimes.
"You took my courage ... my dignity. Today I take it back," she said. "I don't want to be a victim anymore. I'm no longer a victim."

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