Melvin Parker Jr. pleaded guilty on Feb. 20 to one count of sex trafficking of a minor, admitting he paid for the 16-year-old girl's travel to Oakland, where he set her up briefly as a prostitute in July 2007. A month later, he brought her again from her home state for similar work in Marin and Contra Costa counties.
The unidentified girl was stopped by San Rafael police on August 9 "in an area known for prostitution," and Parker was arrested the same day, according to U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello, who announced the sentencing on Wednesday. The case was originally handled by Marin County authorities, but those charges were dismissed in favor of a federal prosecution.
Parker was sentenced to 130 months' imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton. After completing the sentence, he will be eligible for a 10-year period of "supervised release" under which he will be required to register as a sex offender, receive counseling and be barred from contact with minors...
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