New Cas­tle man gets 10 years for pros­ti­tut­ing teen ad­dict

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local news - By Torsten Ove

Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

The sec­ond of two New Cas­tle men who pros­ti­tuted a 14-year-old heroin ad­dict was sen­tenced to fed­eral prison Wed­nes­day for 10 years.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Mark Hor­nak im­posed that term on David Mon­rean, 24.

Mon­rean and his friend, Ron­ald Hart­man, 27, were pimps for the girl from Grove City.

A heroin ad­dict, she had sex with johns in an Ohio mo­tel and gave her money to the two men. They then bought heroin and all three used it.

Both men pleaded to trans­port­ing a mi­nor across state lines for sex af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI and Grove City po­lice. Hart­man is serv­ing 15 years.

The case was one of sev­eral brought in re­cent years by the lo­cal U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in an ef­fort to com­bat an in­crease in teen sex traf­fick­ing.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in 2016 when the girl left her home af­ter get­ting out of a heroin treat­ment pro­gram. Her mother learned she was cor­re­spond­ing on Face­book with Hart­man about act­ing as a pros­ti­tute in ex­change for heroin.

The girl took nude pic­tures of her­self with a cell phone and he put those images on­line to ad­ver­tise her for sex.

He and Mon­rean then drove her to and from the Ohio mo­tel for sex with johns.

She made $340, which they all used to buy heroin.

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