Md. Man Pleads Guilty To Prostituting Girl

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BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) -- A Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty Tuesday to interstate transportation of a minor to engage in prostitution.

According to 42-year-old Derwin Samuel Smith's plea agreement,  a 12-year-old girl who was reported missing and believed to be involved in prostitution called a relative from a motel room in Anne Arundel County in June 2010. The motel room was registered to Smith.

According to the same papers, on June 7, 2010, the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force located the girl, and she told officers Smith told her he would be back that evening to have sex with her.

She also told officers Smith had picked her up on the street in Washington, DC, paid for sexual services performed in the backseat of his car and recruited her to work for him as a prostitute.

According to the statement of facts, Smith then drove her to Atlantic City, New Jersey where, at Smith's direction, she was paid to have sex with men over the weekend. The child gave Smith all of the money she earned, say officials.

The child was taken from the Maryland hotel to police headquarters, and Smith was arrested and a search incident to his arrest unveiled the key to the motel room where the girl
was recovered, say authorities. 

Smith later admitted picking up the girl in DC on Friday, taking her to Atlantic City over the weekend, and purchasing the motel room for her on Monday morning.

As part of his plea agreement, Smith must register as a sex offender.

Smith faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, followed by up to lifetime supervised release. If the court accepts the plea agreement, Smith will be sentenced to 121 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake scheduled sentencing for May 11 at 9:15 a.m.

Smith remains in jail.

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