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Gaithersburg man sentenced in sex trafficking case

A Montgomery County man was sentenced to 37 years in prison for his role in a scheme to prostitute three girls, federal authorities in Maryland said.

Lloyd Mack Royal III, 29, of Gaithersburg, was convicted in March of charges including sex trafficking of a minor, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking by force. He also was convicted of drug crimes.

Federal authorities said testimony showed that Royal coerced girls to have sex for pay. He threatened and struck them, and forced them to kiss his pinky ring, authorities said. In addition, he gave the girls illegal drugs and told them to lie about their ages.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said the sentence sends a message. "Anyone who pays for or profits from sex with children should understand that we are standing by to send them to federal prison," he said.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. in Baltimore ordered that Royal serve 10 years supervised release after he completes his prison term. Royal also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Royal's co-defendant, Paul Raymond Green, 25, of the District, was sentenced to 52 months in prison for his role in the sex trafficking scheme, federal authorities said. Angela Samantha Bentolila, 27, was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  July 19, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
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This is a sad story...and i hope all of the defendants get the maximum time to be served!!! But what really surprises me.... just a few moments ago i read an article about an elderly lady leaving a dog..(older dog) in the car for over an hour and unfortunately the dog expired... that was sad as well ... but what amazes me....THAT story had more irate posters than this one... so is a dogs life more precious than a humans??? wow... makes you wonder where peoples priorities are.... ah well..... I hope the young lady's (children) who were affected by this get the help....counseling and/or support that they will be in need of after this ordeal is over.....

Posted by: ReflectionofLyfe | July 19, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

There are really fewer people in this world who deserve death penalty than those who force people to sell bodies, especially children. What he robbed these girls of will never be returned to them.

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 19, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

To FiatBooks, let's be clear here: Mr. Royal was convicted of sex trafficking, he was acting as a pimp, and he did coerce these girls into prostitution. But the case also makes clear that the girls were not virgins lured away from their homes at gunpoint. Royal committed a crime and has been sentenced, and in that crime, these girls were victims; that does not make them blameless angels.

Posted by: jamessamans | July 19, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

This is a very sad case and I am glad he's behind bars. Blyss was a neighbor of mine and was always trying to find the easy way to make a profit. He was once a nice guy, but the moment he stopped by and slapped the girl he was with because she didn't kiss his ring, we stopped associating with him. Hope he learns something from this

Posted by: Shildebrant29 | July 20, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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