Parkville Sex Offender Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor
BALTIMORE, MD—U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Rodney Hubert, a/k/a “Noah,” age 40, of Parkville, Maryland, a registered sex offender in Maryland, to 14 years in prison followed by lifetime supervised release for sex trafficking of a minor. Judge Russell ordered that upon his release from prison, Hubert must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
According to his plea agreement and court documents, in January 2013, Hubert and Charles Hufton, a doorman at a nightclub in Baltimore, recruited girls to engage in prostitution, some of whom were underage.
Hubert sought a 19-year-old associate to work as a prostitute beginning in December 2012. Hubert and Hufton offered her a commission to recruit a 16-year-old Baltimore resident to perform prostitution. Hubert invited the 16 year old to reside with him. The 16 year old girl had sex with customers on at least five occasions in a Parkville house provided by Hubert, and on at least seven occasions at other locations.
Hubert offered to pay the 16 year old girl $400 dollars to take provocative photos of her wearing lingerie. She posed for the photos, although Hubert never paid her the promised fee. Hubert and Hufton used the photos to post online prostitution ads. Hubert also offered to pay her $1,000 to make a pornographic film with him in which they would engage in sex.
Hufton used his smartphone and e-mail address to create and post online prostitution ads. Hubert and Hufton advertised online that the 16 year old would prostitute at both the Parkville house, as well as other locations of prospective clients. Hufton drove the prostitutes, including the 16 year old, to “out-call” locations and collected a portion of their earnings.
Co-defendant Charles Hufton, age 27, formerly of Cockeysville, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit sex trafficking of a minor and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force (MCETF), created in 2010 to combat child prostitution, with members from10 state and federal law enforcement agencies. The Task Force coordinates with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit to identify missing children being advertised online for prostitution.
MCETF partners with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visithttp://www.justice.gov/usao/md/priorities_human.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Ayn B. Ducao, who prosecuted the case.