A 33-year-old Glendale man was convicted for child prostitution charges and on Monday, he was sentenced to nearly 331 years in prison.
In January 2015, the man was arrested and accused of having two girls—both 15 years old—engage in prostitution and providing drugs to the teens. The man was found guilty in March of this year by a Superior Court jury on two counts of selling or transferring drugs to a minor and 10 counts of child prostitution.
According to documents, the man had prior convictions for possession of marijuana, conspiracy to commit sale of marijuana, and aggravated assault.
Arizona’s Revised Statute 13-3212 outlines the penalties of a child prostitution conviction. It also states what is considered child prostitution.
A. A person commits child prostitution by knowingly:
B. A person who is at least eighteen years of age commits child prostitution by knowingly:
- Causing any minor to engage in prostitution.
- Using any minor for the purposes of prostitution.
- Permitting a minor who is under the person's custody or control to engage in prostitution.
- Receiving any benefit for or on account of procuring or placing a minor in any place or in the charge or custody of any person for the purpose of prostitution.
- Receiving any benefit pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution of a minor.
- Financing, managing, supervising, controlling or owning, either alone or in association with others, prostitution activity involving a minor.
- Transporting or financing the transportation of any minor with the intent that the minor engage in prostitution.
- Engaging in prostitution with a minor who is under fifteen years of age.
- Engaging in prostitution with a minor who the person knows or should have known is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age.
- Engaging in prostitution with a minor who is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age.