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
July 19, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
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