A Cleveland man is facing federal charges after being indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.
Ronnie L. Pratt, Jr., 20, has been charged with three counts of sex trafficking children, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Pratt was arrested in November 2015 and charged with one count of Trafficking in Persons and with one count of compelling prostitution by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. But after Tuesday’s grand jury indictment Pratt is facing additional charges.
Pratt was arrested after an FBI agent saw a Backpage.com ad that for “a lovely college girl who has a thing for older men,” according to a bureau news release.
The Backpage.com posting advertised a “lovely college girl” who has a “thing for older men.” The photo with it, though, showed a girl who appeared to be underage, according to the FBI.
The agent then contacted the girl, undercover, and arranged a meeting with her and a driver, who turned out to be Pratt, officials said.
At the scheduled meeting, it was confirmed that the “lovely college girl” was actually a 14-year-old female and the adult male driver was Pratt, her pimp..
When the girl was interviewed by officials she told them that she had been working for Pratt since she was 13 and that she knew of other underage girls being trafficked by him, police said.
Pratt’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bridget M. Brennan and Carmen Henderson.