LAS VEGAS -- A federal judge sentenced a man Tuesday to eight years in prison for enticing two minor girls to travel from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas last year to work as prostitutes, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Seagram Joshua Miller, 21, of Hayward, Calif., who pleaded guilty in January to one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson. Miller’s co-defendant, Ray Darnell Webb, 20, also pleaded guilty to one count of coercion and enticement, and was sentenced in April to eight years in prison.
“These sentences send a strong message that coercing a minor to work as a prostitute is a deplorable and shameful crime that will land you in prison for a long time,” Bogden said. “It is simply unacceptable for adults to take advantage of minors in such a way that forever will impact their lives. We are working with our community and law enforcement partners to arrest and prosecute the persons who commit these crimes.”
According to court records, Webb and Miller met a 12-year-old female in Oakland, where she was working as a prostitute. Shortly thereafter, the girl began working as a prostitute for the two men. In April 2013, Miller met a 16-year-old female on Facebook, and she also began working as a prostitute for the men.
Miller, Webb and the two girls later arrived in Las Vegas to make money. Before leaving, Webb and the older girl posted an advertisement on a website so that they would have dates lined up when they arrived in Las Vegas. On April 29, 2013, Webb, Miller and the two minor girls drove from Oakland to Las Vegas and stayed in a rented hotel room on Las Vegas Boulevard. Both girls worked as prostitutes on April 30, 2013, and in early May.
The cases were investigated by the FBI and Metro Police, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas Dickinson and Phillip Smith, Jr.