A Columbia, South Carolina man who pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking charges was sentenced to prison Thursday, according to U. Attorney Peter M. McCoy Jr. In Novemberundercover Lexington Police Department officers found a minor online who was advertising sex, according to evidence presented in court.
Officers arranged a time to meet up with the teenager at a local motel.
After the arrest, officers found another minor at a different motel who was also involved in the illegal sex operation, according to the news release from the U. WIS ly reported that the minors were 16 years old at the time. The victims were both rescued during the operation.
Police discovered Woodard and Cuyler were posting online via Craigslist and Back. In court this week, U. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered Woodard to pay restitution to the victims.
After he serves his term, Woodard will be on supervised release for 15 years and will have to register as a sex offender. Cuyler also pled guilty in federal court to sex trafficking charge.
She is scheduled for sentencing on March Haynes prosecuted the case, which is a a part of Project Safe Neighborhood, an initiative that targets those who exploit and abuse children on the internet. Woodard faced up to life in prison for the charges.
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