Dennis Smith, a/k/a Domo, of Capitol Heights, Md., was sentenced Friday to 150 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for transporting a minor to engage in prostitution and sex trafficking of a minor, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced the 31-year-old pimp.
“The sexual victimization and trafficking of children is among the highest criminal investigative priorities for the FBI here in Maryland,” said Stephen Vogt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office.
According to Smith’s plea agreement, in October 2011, Smith met a 16-year-old female on a social networking site. After a month of engaging in computer chats and text messaging, Smith drove to the girl’s home and picked her up.
The defendant admitted that after picking up two adult women, he drove them all to Richmond, Va., where the women engaged in prostitution. Smith had the girl collect the money made by the two women for two days. Smith then photographed and advertised the girl online for sexual services. The 16-year-old engaged in commercial sex acts and provided the money she made to Smith. Smith then drove the three females back to Maryland, where he again advertised the 16-year-old for sexual services. The next day the girl returned home.
In February 2012, Smith again picked up the 16-year-old and another 15-year-old female from their high school and took them back to his home. In March 2012, law enforcement was notified that Smith was prostituting the 15-year-old girl at a hotel in New Carrollton, Md., through an online advertisement.
An undercover law enforcement officer set up a “date” with the 15-year-old girl. When the officer arrived at the hotel, he identified the 15-year-old girl, as well as a 17-year-old girl, who were engaged in prostitution. Smith was arrested at the hotel, and his laptop and cell phone were seized, along with tattoo equipment, according to the plea agreement.
Smith admitted that he brought the 15- and 17-year-old girls to his hotel where he photographed them and advertised them online for sexual services. Smith instructed the younger girl on how much to charge clients for sexual services, and she provided the money she made from prostitution to Smith. There were text messages on Smith’s cell phone between Smith and the girls that related to the girls engaging in prostitution.
Both the 15- and 16-year-old girls were tattooed with Smith’s nickname, “Domo.”