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Clairton Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking Charge

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
January 07, 2016
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Clairton man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of sex trafficking of a child, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Robert Allen Middlebrook, 41, pleaded guilty to one count before U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab in Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors say that in February 2015, Middlebrook "knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided and obtained a female minor" to engage in commercial sex acts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation, a spokeswoman said.

In November, a Rankin woman, Kiari Day, 26, pleaded guilty in connection with the same case. According to broadcast reports, the pair recruited teen-age runaways from Ohio to work as prostitutes in Pennsylvania.

Schwab scheduled sentencing for May 9. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica Lieber Smolar and Katherine A. King prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Originally published January 07, 2016.

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