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Former Bureau of Prisons employee accused of sex trafficking

A former Bureau of Prisons employee has been charged with sex trafficking of a minor.

A federal grand jury returned the one-count indictment Thursday against Charles Carstersen, 52, of Manteca, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

According to court documents, in February and March, while employed with the federal Bureau of Prisons, Carstersen recruited a 16-year-old girl to engage in prostitution. He allegedly rented hotel rooms for her in the Sacramento area, helped her post ads online and bought her clothes.

Carstersen was arrested May 11 and has been in custody as a flight risk and a danger to the community, authorities said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI’s Sacramento Child Exploitation Task Force, whose members include the Sacramento Police Department, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General and the Roseville Police Department.