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April 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WESTMINSTER WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING OF A CHILD
Defendant Posted Victim’s Photo on the Internet and Exchanged Cash and Drugs With Men Seeking to Have Sex with Minor Victim
Baltimore, Maryland - Deborah Gail Frock, age 39, of Westminster, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of a minor, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to her plea agreement, Frock met the victim when the girl was in high school. Frock recognized the victim’s last name and realized that they were distantly related. Frock befriended the victim and they began spending increasing amounts of time together. The victim believed that since she and Frock were related, she could trust Frock. Frock began to provide the victim with marijuana and crack cocaine.
Subsequently, Frock posted a photograph of the victim on the internet under the heading “Available Now” and began to arrange dates for the victim using several screen names.
The victim was 17 years old in July 2006 through October 2006, when Frock arranged for the victim to engage in sex acts - including intercourse and oral sex - with adult males for which Frock received cash and sometimes drugs as payment. Specifically, Frock arranged for the victim to have sex with a truck driver who took the victim from Maryland to Massachusetts and back, in exchange for crack cocaine. Frock also transported the victim to a pornographic photo shoot that involved sex acts with an adult man at the a hotel in Maryland. Additionally, Frock arranged for a similar photo shoot with an adult male at his home in Virginia. Frock provided the victim’s transportation from Maryland to Virginia and received payment for the pornographic photo shoot with the victim.
Frock faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison, followed by supervised release for up to life. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. scheduled sentencing for June 23, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.
The case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Human-Trafficking/index.html.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maryland State Police and Carroll County State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes and his office for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Solette Magnelli, who is prosecuting the case.