Former Sailor admits to enabling teen prostitution

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A former Norfolk-based Sailor admitted in court Wednesday that he enabled underage prostitution, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Jeffrey Chadwick Wright, a 25-year-old of Warrenton, NC, pleaded guilty to traveling in the furtherance of a criminal activity, namely underage prostitution, according to Deanna Warren with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A federal grand jury indicted Wright in May for charges of sex trafficking of children, traveling in the furtherance of criminal activity and the concealment of evidence.

Warren said the charges stem from when Wright was active duty and helped a 17-year-old girl run away from her foster home in Hampton Roads. Then he paid for online advertisements for escort services for the HIV-positive teen in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, Warren said.

Wright and the victim were discovered by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in base housing on Naval Station Norfolk in March. He was arrested on state charges.

When he is sentenced in November before United States Chief District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith, Wright faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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