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Jan 4, 2012 11:24 AM by AP

Houston man guilty in online prostitution ads case

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a Houston man who had used a hotel business center to post online ads offering a woman for prostitution faces up to 10 years in prison.

Jerald Bland pleaded guilty Tuesday in Houston to transportation of a woman for commercial sex. Sentencing is March 20 for Bland, who remains in custody.

Prosecutors say Bland during 2010 transported a woman to Beaumont and to Louisiana to work as a prostitute. Investigators used online ads and corresponding hotel records in New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette and Baton Rouge, La.

Prosecutors say at one hotel an employee discovered that the business center was used to post Internet ads for prostitution.

Further details on the woman and the hotels were not immediately released.

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