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Parkville Man Indicted For Sex Trafficking


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29 , 2013

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Rodney Hubert, a/k/a “Noah,” age 38, of Parkville, Maryland, with sex trafficking of a minor.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

According to the one count indictment, Hubert paid a 19 year old associate who worked for him as a prostitute a commission for recruiting a 16 year old girl to perform prostitution for him. Hubert allegedly offered to pay the 16 year old girl $400 to take photos of her wearing lingerie in a provocative manner. The girl posed for the pictures but never received the promised payment. Hubert offered to pay an additional $1,000 to make a pornographic film. The girl told Hubert that she was only 16 years old.

According to the allegations in the indictment, from February 1 to 22, 2013, Hubert uploaded these photos onto an internet website and advertised the girl as a prostitute. He paid a driver and a security guard to travel with the girl to “outcalls,” using money she earned as a prostitute. Hubert kept a large percentage of the girl’s earnings.

Hubert faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison followed by up to lifetime of supervised release. An initial appearance has not yet been scheduled.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

The case was investigated by the FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force (MCETF), created in 2010 to combat child prostitution, with members from10 state and federal law enforcement agencies. The Task Force coordinates with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit to identify missing children being advertised online for prostitution.

MCETF partners with 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.justice.gov/usao/md/priorities_human.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County State's Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark W. Crooks, who prosecuted the case.

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