ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA/VA Attorney General Office)--- A Georgia man pleads guilty to running a commercial sex business that prostituted at least seven juvenile girls in Herndon and other locations throughout Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Edwin Barcus Jr., aka "Boo," 27, faces a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison. This is the first conviction for child exploitation charge within the Eastern District of Virginia.
Barcus is scheduled for sentencing on June 7, 2013.
Barcus started the child prostitution operation in 2007 according to officials in Virginia. He enticed usually "runaways" or teens from "broken" homes.
These youths were largely from Georgia and brought to Virginia and Maryland "because it was highly profitable" to conduct prostitution in this area. Barcus said a night's work could bring in $500 from each of the exploited juveniles working in Herndon.
The guilty plea was announced by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli, II; Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office; and Lt. Colonel James A. Morris, Acting Fairfax County Chief of Police.
"Barcus exploited these young, vulnerable girls and robbed them of their childhood," said Cuccinelli.
"By forcing innocent girls into prostitution, he put them through a nightmare that no child should ever have to endure. Today, it is my hope that these girls can start the healing process with the knowledge that Barcus can no longer torment them ever again."
This case was investigated by the FBI's Washington Field Office, with assistance from the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum and Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Frank are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.