RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Virginia man has been indicted on federal sex trafficking charges, the Department of Justice announced.
Alan Cooley, 34, of Falls Church, is charged with sex trafficking of a child and transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
According to court records, the FBI was alerted on March 26 that the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office had received a tip that a juvenile female allegedly was engaged in prostitution for a pimp known as "Midas," later identified as Cooley, the DOJ said in a news release.
In the early morning hours of March 26, law enforcement located the juvenile in a hotel room in Dumfries, Va. The girl told officials she had run away from her home in North Carolina and had been recruited initially by a pimp in Charlotte to engage in prostitution, according to the DOJ. After two weeks of working for the Charlotte pimp, the juvenile allegedly was transported by Cooley to Fredericksburg, Va. to engage in further prostitution.
The DOJ says Cooley posted advertisements for the juvenile in the escort section of a website known for sex trafficking and is alleged to have used physical force and threats of violence against the juvenile.