Federal authorities charged a 12th gang member with participating in a child sex ring Thursday.
Jonathan Adonay Fuentes, aka “Cheesy” and “Crazy Boy,” 20, of Prince George’s County, Md., was charged with sex trafficking a minor, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, if he is convicted.
Fuentes is allegedly a member of the Normandie Locos Savatruch clique that is a part of the international street gang Mara Salvatrucha 13, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement. Fuentes and other gang members ran a juvenile prostitution scheme for several months that trafficked at least three teen girls, the feds said.
Fuentes recruited customers, spoke to repeat customers, helped collect fees, transported the victims to have sex with clients, and provided the victims with narcotics and alcohol, the feds said.
One victim, a young teen runaway, was forced into the scheme by gang members who threatened to harm her boyfriend if she did not agree to prostitute for them, the feds said.
During one four-week period, the feds said, Fuentes allegedly helped facilitate multiple prostitution appointments for her each day, seven days per week.
“This arrest marks the twelfth gang member we have charged with child sex trafficking,” said Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in a statement. “We hope gang members and other pimps realize they face serious prison time for profiting from forcing these children into sexual slavery."