Covering Louisiana

Jan 10, 2014 10:06 AM by AP (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)

Man sentenced for selling teen into prostitution

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man who sold a 15-year-old runaway into prostitution three years ago has been ordered to spend nine years in federal prison.

The victim - now 18, married and pregnant - told U.S. District Judge James Brady on Thursday she encountered Erick Jermaine Banks in January 2011 after fleeing a Baton Rouge group home for teenage girls.

She said she told Banks she was 17, not 15.

Banks pleaded guilty in January 2013 to a federal charge of conspiracy to traffic a child in the commercial sex trade.

He still faces charges in state District Court stemming from the same conduct, but his attorney, David Bourland, said he hopes to resolve those charges.

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