HOUSTON — A Killeen man was convicted on multiple charges related to sex trafficking and prostitution involving minors, according to law enforcement officials.
Bobby Barrett, 30, on Thursday was found guilty on one count each of sex trafficking of a minor and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The jury returned the verdict after a four-day trial and less than two hours of deliberation.
The federal charges brought against Barrett are the result of an investigation conducted by the Houston-based Innocence Lost Task Force. The investigation began in October after Barrett’s victim, a 17-year-old girl, was detained during an enforcement operation in Houston.
Barrett bonded the girl out, and then transported her across the state line to Louisiana where ads for prostitution services were posted.
Shreveport, La., police arrested her in another operation less than two weeks later, along with Barrett and another woman.
A Shreveport television station reported the 17-year-old girl was from Killeen.
According to testimony at the trial, Barrett posted at least 26 prostitution ads online from his phone. He also rented hotel rooms for the prostitution dates and supplied the victim with marijuana.
The 17-year-old victim was depicted in “seductive” settings in some of the advertisements for prostitution posted online.
She testified she feared Barrett and that he cut her face during an altercation just prior to his arrest.
Barrett faces up to 40 years in federal prison for sex trafficking of a minor and a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life imprisonment for transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison set Barrett’s sentencing for Oct. 15.
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