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Sex offender faces until 17 years of prison

Baltimore Courthouse
Baltimore Courthouse
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A resident of Glen Burnie in Maryland plead guilty today to sex trafficking of a minor who was encouraged to engage in prostitution to pay the motel room where she was sheltered for the offender who had already a criminal background for sex offense.

According to plea agreement listened today in the Baltimore Courthouse, Thomas Sean Tinsley (29) met in May 2013 a 15 year old female runaway near the Galleria Mall in downtown Baltimore, a crowded area near to the Inner Harbor, and invited her to live with him at his residence in a motel on Caton Avenue in Baltimore.

Soon thereafter, Tinsley began having sex with the victim and then the offender encouraged the victim to engage in prostitution to pay for the motel room and to provide him with additional money. So for several months, the victim routinely met with prostitution clients and communicated with Tinsley regarding her client interactions, including the location of the commercial sex and the identity of her patrons.

The investigation also reveal that Tinsley monitored the victim’s commercial sex activities and gave her instructions regarding her client interactions, including telling her to collect cash before the commercial sex. Sometimes, Tinsley negotiated directly with prospective clients for commercial sex on behalf of the victim, said the reports.

The case was investigated by the FBI and when they searched the motel room, federal agents found Tinsley’s sex offender registry paperwork from a prior conviction for having sex with a minor female..

Tinsley and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Tinsley will be sentenced to between 10 o 17 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The United State District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled the sentencing for July 2, 2014.

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