Man gets 20 years for trafficking
A Prince George's County man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for transporting underage girls into the District for prostitution, including a 12-year-old foster child he was raising.
Shelby S. Lewis, 42, of Temple Hills pleaded guilty in December 2009 to four felony counts and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the District to concurrent terms for each count.
"If I could make the sentences consecutive, I would do so," Sullivan said after a grim sentencing hearing, which Shelby's family, children and two of the victims attended.
Lewis admitted prostituting a 12-year-old girl for two years after he became her guardian, a 13-year-old girl for approximately three years, and two girls, 14 and 16 years old, for shorter periods, according to a statement by the office of U.S. Attorney for the District Ronald C. Machen Jr. All lived with Lewis and his children. Two adult prostitutes were found at Lewis's home when police executed a search warrant.
"These depraved crimes are nothing less than modern-day slavery," Machen said. "We know that too many children are still suffering in the shadows, and our office will aggressively work to liberate victims from sex traffickers."
-- Spencer S. Hsu
Spencer S. Hsu
| November 1, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
Categories: Maryland, Pr. George's, Sex Crimes, Spencer S. Hsu
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