Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 7:10 p.m.
A federal judge sentenced a California man to eight years in prison for his role in bringing two underage prostitutes from California to Las Vegas.
U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson sentenced Ray Darnell Webb, 20, of Hayward, Calif., to 10 years of supervised release.
Webb pleaded guilty in January to one count of coercion and enticement. His guilty plea outlines the following details:
Webb, along with his co-defendant Seagram Miller, met one of the victims, a 12-year-old girl, when she was working as a prostitute in Oakland, Calif. The girl began working for the men shortly after she met them.
Sometime later, Miller met the second victim, a 16-year-old girl, on Facebook. She went to work for the men also.
The group decided in April 2013 to go to Las Vegas “to make money.”
Before the trip, they posted an advertisement on MyRedbook.com so that the 16-year-old girl would have dates lined up in Las Vegas.
The group checked into the Gateway Motel on Las Vegas Boulevard on April 30, 2013, and Metro Police busted the operation on May 5, 2013, when the group returned to the Gateway after a brief five-day trip out of state.
Miller, who pleaded guilty to the same charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 20, drove the younger girl, who had turned 13 by the time the group came to Nevada, to New York-New York where she worked as a prostitute.
The FBI and Metro investigated the case as part of the Innocence Lost Task Force.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to a release by the US Attorney’s Office.