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April 27, 2015

North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Transporting a Minor for Prostitution

ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Ronnie Travis Hall, III (27, Charlotte, NC) today pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with the intent that she engage in prostitution. He faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 20, 2015.

According to court documents, on April 9, 2014, Hall, with the aid of another individual, transported minor victim “J.T.” from Georgia to Florida with the intent that she engage in prostitution. For approximately two months, J.T. worked as a prostitute on the streets and by meeting customers who responded to an Internet ad advertising her sexual services. Hall kept all of the profits.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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