Falls Church Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of Runaway Girl

The man faces life in prison if convicted.

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    A Falls Church, Virginia, man was indicted Tuesday for his involvement in the sex trafficking of a young girl.

    Alan Cooley, 34, was a pimp known as "Midas," police said. Police said he forced a girl, who had run away from her North Carolina home, into prostitution. He faces charges of sex trafficking a child and transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution.

    Officers said they found the girl in a Dumfries, Virginia, hotel room March 26, after the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's office received a tip about the girl's situation and alerted the FBI.

    Police said the girl told them she had been recruited into prostitution by a pimp in Charlotte, North Carolina. She told police that Cooley took her to Fredericksburg, Virginia, two weeks later.

    Police said Cooley intimidated and physically assaulted the girl when she refused to engage in sex acts with customers. 

    When police first investigated the hotel room, police said Cooley violently prevented the girl from opening the door and threatened to kill her if she spoke to police.

    Cooley faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.