Lawyers: Human trafficking defendant was also victim

Wicomico County Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kristen Schultz speaks on Aug. 19 after the five defendants' cases were wrapped up. Vanessa Junkin

Vanessa Junkin, DelmarvaNow

5:26 p.m. EDT August 19, 2015

Mary Cassandra Paulos was an unusual type of defendant, as lawyers said she was also a victim in the Salisbury human trafficking case.

“She is a victim on some level,” Wicomico County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz said on Wednesday, Aug. 19, in Wicomico County Circuit Court.

But she also solicited and recruited people who would become prostitutes, Schultz said.

Paulos, 33, of Temple Hills, Maryland, entered Alford pleas to conspiracy to commit human trafficking and false imprisonment. She was the last of the five co-defendants in the Wicomico County case to be convicted.

She was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and when a bed becomes available, she should be able to get a health commitment, Retired Judge Donald Davis said. If she completes her health commitment successfully, the remainder of her sentence will be suspended and she’ll be on supervised probation for five years, he said. If not, she will serve the sentence in prison...