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Baltimore Businessman Facing New Federal Charge for Transporting Individual to Engage in Prostitution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
Previously Charged for Using a Phone and the Internet to Promote a Prostitution Business and for Allegedly Paying More Than $90,000 for Commercial Sex, Including with at Least Four Sex Trafficking Victims, in Less Than Two Years

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal criminal information has been filed charging Charles “Chuck” Nabit, age 64, of Baltimore, Maryland with transportation of an individual to engage in prostitution.  Specifically, the criminal information alleges that on July 29, 2019, Nabit transported an individual from Maryland to Florida with the intent that the individual engage in prostitution.

Nabit was previously charged by federal criminal complaint for using a phone and the Internet to promote a prostitution business.  The criminal complaint alleged that Nabit arranged for commercial sex workers to be brought to his office and other locations in and around Baltimore to engage in commercial sex acts.

The new charge was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; and Chief Lisa Myers of the Howard County Police Department.

“Sex trafficking continues to be a significant problem in our society, forcing, threatening and otherwise pressuring victims to engage in commercial sex acts,” said Acting United States Attorney Jonathan Lenzner.  “This defendant allegedly used his wealth, business, and position in society to facilitate a pattern of commercial sex.  No one is above the law, no matter their wealth or stature, and this case reflects our commitment to prosecute commercial sex crimes - whether they occur on the street or the halls of high society.”

According to the federal criminal information and court documents, as part of a federal sex trafficking investigation, commercial sex workers allegedly identified Nabit as a regular wealthy client.  Beginning in March 2019, on at least 52 occasions Nabit allegedly used a cash app to pay for commercial sex acts performed by the women.  Further, Nabit allegedly engaged in commercial sex acts with commercial sex workers, using his office in downtown Baltimore and his vehicle to facilitate the activity.  The payments allegedly made by Nabit for commercial sex during that time frame total more than $90,000.

If convicted, Nabit faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for transporting an individual to engage in prostitution.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.  Nabit is not yet scheduled for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.  Nabit remains released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.

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

Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended the HSI and Howard County Police for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary W. Setzer and Daniel A. Loveland, Jr., who are prosecuting the case.

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Marcia Murphy
(410) 209-4854

Updated February 26, 2021

Civil Rights
Human Trafficking