Gaithersburg man convicted in prostitution scheme
A federal jury in Greenbelt has convicted a 29-year-old Gaithersburg man on charges that he was part of a scheme to force three girls to work as prostitutes.
Lloyd Mack Royal,III, who also goes by the names "Blyss" and "Furious," struck the girls, and held one girl at gunpoint, federal authorities said testimony showed. To show his dominance, he forced them to kiss his pinky ring.
Federal authorities said Royal gave the girls illegal drugs and forced them to have sex with him. He also drove them to hotels in Gaithersburg and arranged for them to be taken to the District to meet customers.
Witnesses testified that Royal gave the girls instructions about the amount that customers should pay for different sexual acts and instructed them to lie about their ages.
Royal was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; sex trafficking of a minor; sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence; conspiracy to distribute drugs; and distribution of drugs to persons under 21, related to a scheme to prostitute three minor females.
He is scheduled to be sentenced April 29.
"We have made it a priority in Maryland to pursue criminals who lure or coerce children into prostitution,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
-- Maria Glod
March 25, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Montgomery , Sex Crimes
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