MS-13 gang member enters guilty plea

photoRene Ulises Quinteros Gaitan, 24, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, pled guilty yesterday (Thursday) to charges of transporting a minor to engage in prostitution.

According to court documents and court proceedings, during late July, 2011, Gaitan prostituted a 16-year-old juvenile female, first in Frederick, Md. and then in Richmond, Va.  Gaitan transported the juvenile victim back to Maryland, this time to Prince George’s County, where he again prostituted her.

Gaitan pled guilty to one count of transporting a minor in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and maximum sentence of life in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for November 22, 2013.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorney Mary K. Daly, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Alicia J. Yass, a Trial Attorney with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States, with assistance from William E. Nolan, a Trial Attorney with the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Scot R. Rittenberg, Acting Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Washington, D.C., made the announcement after Gaitan’s hearing before United States District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.

 

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