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Ex-prison IT technician sentenced for prostituting minor out of Sacramento

A former information technology technician with the federal Bureau of Prisons was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison Friday for prostituting a 16-year-old girl out of Sacramento hotel rooms.

Manteca resident Charles Carstersen, 55, began paying the girl to engage in sexual acts with him in April 2014, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. As their relationship progressed, Carstersen began booking hotel rooms for the girl in the Sacramento area despite knowing she was underage.

Cartersen helped the victim post online prostitution ads and encouraged her to prostitute herself alongside two other women he knew, the release said. He was arrested in May 2015 and pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking a minor in September 2017.

Carstersen will have 10 years of supervised release after his time in prison is up. Previous media releases had said he would serve a maximum of 10 years in prison and have to pay up to $250,000 in fines.

The arrest and sentencing resulted from an investigation by the FBI’s Sacramento Child Exploitation Task Force, with aid from the Sacramento Police Department, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General and Roseville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Beckwith prosecuted the case.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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