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2 California men sentenced in juvenile prostitution case

Two California men were sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for bringing teenage girls to Las Vegas in 2013 to work as prostitutes.

The girls were transported from Northern California.

Andrew West, 27, of Hayward, Calif., also was ordered to spend 20 years on supervised release after he gets out of prison. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of transportation of a minor for prostitution.

In a separate case, Ray Darnell Webb, 20, also of Hayward, Calif., was given 10 years of supervised release. Webb pleaded guilty in January to one count of coercion and enticement.

Both men will also have to register as sex offenders when they are released from prison.

“Transporting minors across state lines to work as prostitutes is a federal felony crime with serious penalties,” Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said. “We are working with our federal, state and local law enforcement and community partners to ensure that the persons who commit these types of crimes are prosecuted.”

The cases were investigated by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department and prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys Nicholas Dickinson and Phillip Smith, Jr.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135. Find him on Twitter @JGermanRJ.

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