A Sacramento man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for serving as a pimp for a 16-year-old girl.
Keon Jamal Nunnelly, 30, was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to 10 years and five months in prison for sex trafficking of a minor, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. His time in prison is to be followed by a 10-year- term of supervised release in which he is required to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, from Jan. 13 until June 17, 2013, Nunnelly caused a 16-year-old girl to engage in commercial sex acts in Sacramento and Anaheim. Authorities said he provided directions on when and where she should work, took her to customers and provided security. Nunnelly and two co-defendants reportedly rented hotel rooms for prostitution and placed ads with the victim’s photo on the Internet.
Nunnelly pleaded guilty Aug. 12 to sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud and coercion. Co-defendants Kia Moore, 30, and Sharon King, 31, pleaded guilty to concealing a felony and were sentenced earlier this year to time served, according to the news release.
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The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI’s Sacramento Child Exploitation Task Force, the Anaheim Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The task force works to identify and recover minors involved in the commercial sex trade, and to investigate and prosecute those who profit from that trade.
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