POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 5:05pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 6:15pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A 31-year-old man from Baton Rouge pled guilty today for enticing a teen girl into prostitution.
Erick Banks entered the plea on Monday, Jan. 28 in Judge Brian J. Jackson’s courtroom. He now faces five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the charge of Conspiracy to Traffic a Child in the Commercial Sex Trade.
Banks admitted to enticing a 15 year old girl to runaway from a home for teenage girls and engage in acts of prostitution.
Reports indicate that Banks placed several ads on an online service that is commonly used for the sex trade. He instructed the teen how to engage in telephone conversations with potential customers and how to determine if a customer was a law enforcement officer.
The teen reportedly participated in five separate transactions on Jan. 27. 2011 and was paid approximately $1,200 to $1,800. She gave all of the money to Banks.
“We will continue to be committed to uncovering and prosecuting anyone despicable enough to traffic young teenage victims in the commercial sex trade. We appreciate the strong work of the FBI in this case, and we also commend the Middle District Human Trafficking Task Force for its efforts in educating law enforcement and the public in general about combating this heinous crime.”
The sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.