Oakland Woman Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Transporting 14-Year-Old Across State Lines To Engage In Prostitution
OAKLAND – Carrie Myles was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for transporting a 14-year-old girl from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas, Nev., for the purpose of making the girl available to engage in commercial sex acts, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, U.S. District Judge.
Myles, 38, of Oakland, pleaded guilty on February 27, 2017, to driving a 14-year-old girl across state lines to engage in commercial sex acts. According to her plea agreement, Myles admitted that for nearly a month she profited from arranging for the minor to engage in commercial sex acts with adults. Myles admitted she photographed the girl while she was partially dressed in provocative clothing and also admitted posting or directing the girl to post those photos in advertisements on an online classified website service. Myles acknowledged she misrepresented the girl’s age in the advertisements and admitted she instructed the girl that, if asked, the girl should tell customers she was an adult. Myles also provided the girl with clothing to use in photographs and while performing sex acts and controlled the phone number she provided the minor. Myles admitted she used the girl’s purported number to communicate with potential customers who may have thought they were communicating with the girl they saw in photographs in the advertisements. Myles also admitted that for a month, on approximately a daily basis, she urged the girl to engage in commercial sex acts. This continued until Myles was arrested in September of 2015 after she drove the girl to an Oakland hotel to meet with someone who had solicited prostitution.
On September 29, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted Myles, charging her with one count of transportation for illegal sexual activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2421(a) and one count of transportation of a minor for illegal sexual activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2423(a) and (e). Pursuant to her plea agreement, Myles pleaded guilty to the transportation for illegal sexual activity charge and received sentencing enhancements for her behavior with the minor including the following: committing the federal offense while having the minor in her custody and control, knowingly misrepresenting the girl’s age, and unduly influencing the minor to engage in commercial sex.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Gilliam also sentenced Myles to serve a five-year term of supervised release and ordered Myles to register as a sex offender.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas R. Green is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Noble Hughes and Trina Khadoo. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI.
If members of the public have any information relevant to this investigation or to suspected child predators or suspicious activity, the FBI encourages them to contact HSI through the toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form at https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may also be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.