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March 8, 2006

Three Mass. residents convicted of prostituting teen girl around N.E.

Three Convicted Of Forcing Child Into Prostitution
BOSTON -- The last of three Massachusetts residents charged with driving a teenage girl around New England to engage in prostitution has been convicted, federal prosecutors said.

Robert Williams, 48, of Winthrop, Mass., pleaded guilty on Monday to various charges, including conspiracy to transport an individual in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution, conspiring to transport a minor in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution, and sex trafficking of children. The two others charged, Dawn Young, who also goes by the name Dawn Rossi, 40, of Revere, Mass., and Brooke Denman, 29, of Lynn, Mass., pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month.

The defendants transported the girl from Massachusetts to Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire to engage in prostitution between October 2000 and September 2002 when she from 13 to 15 years old, prosecutors said. They also took some or all of the girl's earnings from prostitution and helped her get false identification documents. They knew the girl was underage because Williams showed Young a poster of the girl distributed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that included her birth date, according to prosecutors.

Upon sentencing, the defendants face a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy charges; a maximum of 20 years on the child sex trafficking charges; a maximum of 10 years on the charges of inducing a minor to travel to engage in prostitution; a maximum of 15 years on the charges of transporting a minor to engage in prostitution; and a maximum of 10 years on the charges of transporting an individual to engage in prostitution.

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