Decatur Man Convicted of Trafficking Girlfriend: Sentenced to 25 Years

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Mykal Jett

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston has announced the conviction of a Decatur man, Mykal Jett, 27, who pleaded guilty to multiple charges including Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, False Imprisonment, and Aggravated Assault.

The case stems from a disturbing incident on December 18, 2019, when officers from the DeKalb County Police Department responded to a domestic violence call at a residence on McGlynn Drive in unincorporated Decatur. Upon arrival, they encountered a 22-year-old woman who identified Mykal Jett as her boyfriend and alleged trafficker.

During the investigation, the victim recounted harrowing details of her four-year relationship with Jett, stating that he coerced her into earning $1,000 nightly through sex work under threat of violence. She further disclosed that Jett controlled her access to drugs and prevented her from leaving him.

The situation escalated on the day of the incident when the victim attempted to flee in a rideshare vehicle. Jett intercepted her, forcibly took her to another location, and subjected her to a prolonged ordeal of physical abuse. The victim endured severe beatings, including being struck with a rake until it broke, having socks stuffed into her mouth, and being exposed to freezing temperatures while wearing wet clothes. Responding officers noted extensive bruising on her body and corroborating evidence on her phone.

Following Jett’s guilty plea, Senior Judge David B. Irwin, presiding over the DeKalb County Superior Court, handed down a sentence of 25 years, with 14 to be served in confinement and the remaining 11 on probation.

The prosecution was led by Senior Assistant District Attorneys Charles Ciba and Elizabeth Tarver, with support from District Attorney Investigator Camella Mungroo-Patterson and Victim Advocate Peggy Remy. Initial investigation duties were helmed by District Attorney Investigator Casey Benton, formerly of the DeKalb County Police Department.

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