LAS VEGAS -- A northern California man pleaded guilty Wednesday to transporting a 16-year-old girl last year from San Jose, Calif., to Las Vegas to work as a prostitute, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Andrew West, 27, of Hayward, Calif., who was indicted in May, pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of a minor for prostitution. West is scheduled to be sentenced April 30 by U.S. District Judge James Mahan.
West faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and will have to register as a sex offender.
"We must use maximum resources to prevent our children and youth from becoming victims to sex trafficking," Bogden said. "The kids who fall victim to pimps are typically physically and emotional abused and scarred for life, and we will work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that these child exploiters who bring kids across state lines for prostitution purposes are prosecuted."
According to the plea agreement, the teenage girl began working as a prostitute in early 2013 for West in Stockton and San Jose. On May 3, West, the girl, and others traveled to Las Vegas.
The girl traveled in West's Lexus automobile, but he told the girl he could not ride with her until they arrived in Nevada. He said that in case of an arrest he would face more trouble for crossing state lines with her because of her age.
Upon arriving in Las Vegas West, the girl, and another male checked into a motel on Boulder Highway. According to court documents, West told the girl to commit sex acts to help pay for the room. The girl walked Boulder Highway and solicited separate dates with four men she took back to the room.
The girl earned $260 total, part of which was provided to West after each date. The girl was arrested on May 4, when she attempted to solicit a date from an undercover Metro Police officer in the motel parking lot.
The case was investigated ny the FBI and Metro Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas Dickinson and Phillip Smith, Jr.