ST. LOUIS • A Chicago man was convicted Monday of a series of federal felonies involving the prostitution or attempted prostitution of two minors, including a missing Metro East teen, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
Reginald Williams, 29, was caught on Sept. 13, 2012 at a St. Louis County motel where an undercover detective had arranged to meet someone advertised as a 20-year-old on the website Backpage.com. The girl was really 16, and was being forced to work as a prostitute by Williams, prosecutors said.
Collinsville police had been tipped to the missing teen's picture on the website, prosecutors said.
Police also found a 17-year-old girl who Williams had tried to recruit as a prostitute, they said.
After a four-day trial, Williams was convicted of interstate transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in prostitution, sex trafficking of a minor, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and use of interstate facilities to promote prostitution and could face 10 years to life in prison when sentenced May 30, prosecutors said.
Williams' lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.