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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 11, 2017

District of Columbia Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking of Minors

Greenbelt, Maryland – On May 10, 2017, U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Adarryl Hayes, a/k/a Prince, a/k/a Crummy, age 23, of Washington D.C., to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for sex trafficking of two minors.

 

The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

 

According to his plea agreement, from February 1, 2016 through February 24, 2016, Hayes recruited a 14-year old minor (Victim 1) and a 17-year old minor (Victim 2) to engage in commercial sex acts. Hayes used a website to advertise prostitution services for both victims.

 

Hayes directed Victim 1 and Victim 2 to communicate with clients and potential clients that called. Hayes would rent and transport the victims to hotels throughout Maryland to meet with their clients. After each date, the victims gave the prostitution proceeds to Hayes. Hayes did not allow Victim 1 to retain any of the proceeds, but would purchase condoms, food, clothing, toiletries, and other necessities for Victim 1.

 

On February 24, 2016, an undercover officer with Prince George’s County Police Department contacted the telephone number on the advertisement for Victim 1. The undercover officer and Victim 1 agreed to a price. Victim 1 directed the undercover officer to a hotel in Capitol Heights, Maryland. After asking if Victim 1 was alone, Victim 1 let the undercover officer know that Victim 2 would also be in attendance; the undercover officer agreed for a price for both victims. After arriving at the hotel room and Victim 1 accepting the money, the undercover officer identified himself as a police officer.

 

Immediately following the undercover operation, Hayes was located in the hotel parking lot where he was placed under arrest.

 

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas A. Mitchell, who prosecuted the case.

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Human Trafficking
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Updated May 11, 2017