St. Paul man charged with sex trafficking 3 juveniles
- Associated Press
- June 5, 2014 - 4:22 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Federal prosecutors charged a St. Paul man Thursday with sex trafficking of children for allegedly prostituting three juveniles in the Twin Cities area.
The criminal complaint accuses Dontre D'Sean McHenry, 25, of St. Paul, of being a pimp for three girls, ages 17, 15 and 16. McHenry was arrested after Minneapolis police and a Homeland Security investigator responded to an ad on a website called Backpage that led them to a Roseville motel March 12 where he allegedly was found with the 17-year-old.
According to the complaint, the 15-year-old had gone missing in February from her grandmother's home in Rochester. The complaint says she ran away from McHenry and went to Chicago around March 1. She was found in Illinois in April and returned to Rochester. The complaint also says the 17-year-old helped recruit the 16-year-old into the operation, which they also promoted on Facebook.
Online court records don't list an attorney for McHenry. He made an initial court appearance Thursday and was ordered held pending another hearing Friday.
If convicted, McHenry faces a potential minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum of life in prison.
"The exploitation of minors for commercial sex will not be tolerated by this Office or our law enforcement partners," U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement.
Luger, who took office in February, said in an interview with The Associated Press in April that he planned a renewed emphasis on human trafficking because of conversations that he had been having with law enforcement leaders across Minnesota.
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