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October 24, 2014

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Californian pleads guilty to bringing minor to Las Vegas for prostitution

A California man pleaded guilty today to federal charges that involved transporting a 16-year-old girl from San Jose, Calif., to Las Vegas to work as a prostitute.

Andrew West, 27, of Hayward, Calif., pled guilty to one count of transportation of a minor for prostitution. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will also have to register as a sex offender, said Daniel Bogden, the U.S. attorney in Nevada.

According to the plea agreement, a 16-year-old girl started working as a prostitute for West in early 2013 in Stockton, Calif., and San Jose.

On May 3, West and the girl left for Las Vegas Bogden said. When they arrived the next day, they checked into a motel room on Boulder Highway, and West told the girl to solicit herself to pay for the room. The girl walked Boulder Highway and solicited four men before she was arrested for attempting to pick up an undercover Metro Police officer in the motel parking lot, Bogden said.

West’s sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan is scheduled for April 30.

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