A man accused of persuading a 16-year-old girl to become a prostitute and arranging dates for her online has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.
Robert Deed, 22, pleaded no contest to two counts of human trafficking of a minor and discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manor, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Superior Court Judge Joseph Orr also required Deed to register as a sex offender for life.
The 16-year-old victim met Deed in August and began dating him. Deed persuaded her to become a prostitute and he became her pimp, authorities said. He posted Internet prostitution advertisements and arranged dates for the victim, during which she performed sex acts for money.
When the victim tried to stop working as a prostitute for Deed, he assaulted her and threatened her with a gun. Deed threatened that if she did not comply with his demands, he would “shoot up” her house and harm her family, authorities said.
Deed was arrested the following day when officers saw him leaving the victim’s residence after trying to contact her again.
The case was investigated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Sacramento Child Exploitation Task Force. The task force focuses on rescuing juveniles from sex trafficking and prosecuting the people responsible for the commercial exploitation of children.