A 34-year-old man on Monday was convicted of luring a Modesto girl on Facebook and taking her to Fresno, where she worked as a prostitute.
Tryvell Powell, of Fresno, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 19. He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in federal prison.
Federal prosecutors said Powell communicated with the 16-year-old girl on Facebook and persuaded her to leave her Modesto home and travel to Fresno. She then engaged in sex acts with strangers at Powell’s request to make money off her, according to the prosecutors.
A relative of the girl reported seeing pictures of the teen in an online advertisement for prostitution, according to court documents. Fresno detectives used the advertisements to contact the girl and arrest Powell.
This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Fresno Police Department. The also is a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.
Some people just plain and simple SUCK…….