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A Maryland man who brought a 16-year-old runaway to the Fredericksburg area earlier this year and offered her for prostitution will be facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in September.

Mustafa Muhammad, 36, of Clinton, Md., was convicted in U.S. District Court in Richmond on Tuesday of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. He could get as much as life in prison.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Muhammad met the 16-year-old runaway online in February and began communicating with her through text messages. He met her in person later that month and posted an advertisement on a website featuring the girl and offering her for prostitution services.

On March 14, Muhammad brought the girl to a Holiday Inn in Spotsylvania County and again posted an online advertisement.

Stafford Capt. Billy Bowler said his detectives were checking the website for prostitution activity and made contact with the girl. Police and were waiting at a motel at U.S. 17 in Stafford County when the girl showed up.

After realizing that she was a juvenile runaway from Maryland, Bowler said, the FBI was contacted and took over the investigation.

The girl was interviewed by police and gave the names of the people she was involved with, including Muhammad. Muhammad was arrested at the Spotsylvania motel.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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