A Dallas man who befriended a mentally challenged teen and then used her in a prostitution enterprise has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Damion White, 24, received the sentenced Monday in a Dallas federal courtroom before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey.
White pleaded guilty to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise and one count of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment.
His co-defendant and brother, Kenneth White, 27, was sentenced earlier this year to more than 27 years in prison on similar federal charges.
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Their cousin, Mecose Shorter, 32, also of Dallas, pleaded guilty in May to using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 28.
The White brothers and Shorter engaged in an enterprise that promoted prostitution in various Dallas hotels from July 4, 2013, to July 22, 2013, according to federal court documents.
In early July 2013, the White brothers recruited an 18-year-old mentally challenged girl to work for them and engage in commercial sex acts, federal agents said in court documents.
The brothers had known the teen since she was 15. They devised a plan to recruit her by taking advantage of her diminished mental capacity, according to court documents.
Damion White persuaded the teen to leave her home, and took her to a Dallas motel room in early July 2013, agents said.
The brothers took provocative photos of the teen and used them in advertisements that were posted on backpage.com, according to court documents.
She was denied food and prevented from leaving the motel room, but encouraged to engage in commercial sex acts.
The brothers used the internet and a cellphone to coordinate the girl’s commercial sex acts and potential customers, agents said in court documents.
Dallas police later rescued the teen from a Dallas motel on July 22, 2013.
Damion White was indicted in a felony marijuana case at the time he was arrested in 2013, according to court documents.