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January 12, 2015

Sacramento Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

SACRAMENTO, CA—Lonnell McCarter, 39, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William B. Shubb to 13 years and one month in prison for participating in a sex trafficking venture that involved a child prostitute, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. After his release, McCarter will be subject to supervision for an additional twenty years.

According to court documents, in October 2010, McCarter took part in pimping a 13‑year-old child and an adult in the Sacramento area and also during a three-day trip from California to Reno, Nevada. During his involvement with the minor, McCarter took part in advertising the child for prostitution, purchased bus tickets for the minor to travel across state lines, and collected the money that the child and the adult prostitute received from customers in California and Nevada.

“Lonnell McCarter preyed upon and entrapped a 13-year-old girl in a lifestyle dominated by exploitation and abuse as she was sold for sex in both California and Nevada,” said Supervisory Special Agent Maria Johnson of the FBI’s Sacramento field office. “The FBI is committed to identifying, investigating, and arresting anyone who traffics a child. Our goal is to disrupt the cycle of coercion and violence by providing their victims a chance of a healthy and happy future.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Morris prosecuted the case.

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