A Virginia Beach man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Thursday for drugging and prostituting a 14-year-old girl, federal officials said.
Joshua Manuel Treat, 20, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of children on February 24, according to a news release.
From Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, 2016, Treat posted on an Internet website and offered sex with the 14-year-old girl for money, court documents state.
To make the teen participate, Treat injected her with heroin prior to appointments with customers, prosecutors said. When Treat was arrested, he was found with a handgun and a syringe containing heroin residue, according to court documents.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources” for more information about Internet safety education.
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A Nueces County jury found a man guilty of raping his mother.
Clifton Darling, 22, sobbed on the table in front of him Friday as his mother described how the rape last year changed her view of him.
The jury of eight men and four women convicted Darling late Thursday of aggravated sexual assault. The punishment phase of trial concluded Friday in 319th District Judge David Stith's court. Darling was sentenced to 55 years in prison, and will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.
"I love him but I lost him June the 17th," said the mother who has a different last name. The Caller-Times does not typically name victims of sexual assault. "He wasn't my son. What son does that to his mother?"
During the 3-day trial, defense lawyer Robert Zamora argued Clifton's synthetic marijuana usage earlier that day affected his behavior. Zamora also questioned Clifton's mental health, which he said included bipolar disorder, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And Zamora urged jurors to consider Clifton's upbringing. When Clifton was about 9 years old, his mother used drugs and was convicted of of a felony methamphetamine charge.
Clifton's mother testified she's been sober more than a decade. In the punishment phase, Clifton's 21-year-old sister testified she has long been fearful of her brother. Clifton has two prior assault convictions, in which his sister was the victim. She testified he busted her lip in both incidents.
Prosecutors Ray Pena and David Jakubowski disputed the synthetic marijuana defense, arguing his voluntary usage was not an excuse.
A bailiff offered Clifton a tissue box while his mother testified. His shoulders shook as he cried.
"He took away the rest of my life and he took away my son that night," she said. "I love him but can I have anything to do with him again? I don't know. I'm scared."