Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Transporting 15-Year-Old Girl from California to Las Vegas to Work as Prostitute
LAS VEGAS, NV—A Las Vegas man who was arrested in 2014 as part of a joint law enforcement effort to capture child predators in southern Nevada, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and 25 years of supervised release for recruiting and enticing a 15-year-old girl to travel across state lines to work as a prostitute in Las Vegas, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.
Deandre Maurice Parker, 27, who was captured as part of “Operation Protect the Powerless,” was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro. Parker pleaded guilty in June to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.
“Defendant sexually exploited and victimized a 15-year-old girl by transporting her to Las Vegas so that she could act as a prostitute,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Under federal law, the crime committed by the defendant is a crime of violence involving a child. We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases involving the exploitation of minors as part of our implementation of the Project Safe Childhood initiative in Nevada.”
According to the court records, the 15-year-old female victim initially met Parker in 2013 in San Bernardino, Calif. For several months, Parker stayed in touch with the victim through social media websites. In June 2014, the victim ran away from the group home where she resided and re-connected with Parker. Parker recruited her to work as a prostitute, teaming her with another prostitute who worked for him to teach the girl the ropes. In August 2014, Parker moved the victim to Los Angeles to work as a prostitute, but when that did not prove to be profitable enough, Parker returned with the victim to San Bernardino and then to Las Vegas in September 2014 for prostitution. Parker used the website Backpage.com to advertise the victim’s services as a prostitute. The victim was arrested by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detectives in October 2014, and agreed to cooperate with authorities.
Operation Protect the Powerless was organized and led by the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Task Force in southern Nevada, and targeted child traffickers, persons who were coercing and enticing minors for sex, child pornographers, child molesters and child rapists. Members of the PSC Task Force include the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Henderson Police Department, Clark County D.A.’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service. Operation Protect the Powerless occurred from June 1 to Dec. 31, 2014, and resulted in the prosecution and conviction of 219 persons, the execution of 100 search warrants, and the recovery of over 500,000 images and 2,700 videos of child rape and pornography. The surge also resulted in prosecutions are being handled jointly by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Clark County District Attorney’s Office, and resulted in distinct charges in federal and state court.
The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Allison L. Herr of the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.
PSC is a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about PSC, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.