A man accused of acting as a pimp to four girls is taking steps to fight those charges. The 40-year-old Pennsylvania man has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit the same. His criminal defense may face a difficult battle as federal and state prosecutors and law enforcement have made a commitment to ending the child sex trade in the region.
Authorities in the region have pledged to focus on the problem of the sex trafficking of minors throughout the area. The man at the center of this story was initially charged at the state level. Federal prosecutors assumed control over the case, and he recently turned himself in to authorities.
The charges were based on a traffic stop for an expired registration. A search of the man's vehicle led to the discovery of an alleged 8,000 individual bags of heroin. Four girls from a neighboring state were present in the vehicle, and police believed that they were engaged in exchanging sex for money.
The case is related to the arrest of one of the man's associates, who is also facing sex trafficking charges. It is unclear whether either party is negotiating a plea agreement with prosecutors in exchange for additional information on the interstate trafficking of young girls for the purpose of prostitution. In many such Pennsylvania federal cases, one party can gain a degree of relief if he or she works with prosecutors and is willing to admit guilt on some of the charges faced.
Source: mariettatimes.com, "Pennsylvania man pleads not guilty to pimping 4 Ohio girls", Aug. 26, 2015