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Illinois man gets 20 years for prostituting teens online

Illinois man gets 20 years for prostituting teens online

Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse

The Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse. 

ST. LOUIS • An Illinois man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in federal prison for the prostitution or attempted prostitution of two minors, including a missing Metro East teen, prosecutors said.

Reginald Williams, 30, of the Chicago area, was convicted by a federal jury in March of a series of federal felonies: 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.

Williams was caught after a tipster told Collinsville police that a missing 16-year-old girl's picture was on the website, being advertised as a 20-year-old. 

An undercover detective arranged to meet the girl, and found her and Williams, who was forcing her to work as a prostitute, prosecutors said.

Police also found a 17-year-old girl who Williams had tried to recruit as a prostitute, they said.

He faced 10 years to life under federal sentencing guidelines.

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