Virginia Beach gang member pleads guilty to sex trafficking child

Keiawn Demarco McDonald

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man and member of the Bloods street gang pleaded guilty to charges of sex trafficking a child Wednesday.

Court documents say that in the fall of 2015, 23-year-old Keiawn Demarco McDonald recruited a juvenile girl to engage in prostitution at several hotels in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. McDonald took pictures of the victim, posted online advertisements for her services and arranged prostitution appointments for her. Prosecutors say he also told her how to conduct the appointments with customers and monitored her by text messages during appointments.

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McDonald also required that the victim give him all the money she earned from the appointments.

On March 9, McDonald was indicted by a federal grand jury. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison. He is set to be sentenced on December 15.

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McDonald is the seventh and final member of the sex trafficking ring to be convicted.

Cordario Uzzle, 23, was convicted of sex trafficking of a child and was sentenced on June 3 to more than 12 years.

Darryl Threat, 22, was convicted of sex trafficking of a child and was sentenced on June 9 to more than 24 years in prison.

Tajaika R. Blackston, 19, was convicted of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a child. She was sentenced on June 10 to over eight years behind bars.

Keith Threat, 22, was convicted of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a child and will be sentenced on September 16.

Shade Castro, 23, was convicted of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a child. He is set to be sentenced on October 27.

Gary Hassell, 26, was convicted of sex trafficking of a child and his sentencing is set for October 28.

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