A pair of West Palm Beach pimps prostituted a 14-year-old so she could pay them rent, $40 every two days.
Their convictions on child sex-trafficking charges will give them a new home in federal prison.
Charles “Suncoast” Smith, 62, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion on July 13. He will be sentenced on Sept. 20, 24 days after partner Michael “Punkmeat” Clark, 44.
Clark pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy charge and two counts of sex trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion.
According to court records, while hitting 330 Pine St. in West Palm Beach with a search warrant on March 13, West Palm Beach officers found a 14-year-old girl. She had been listed among the missing persons by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl been working as a prostitute for eight months, the previous three months out of the quaint, 99-year-old house that looks more befitting of grandparent gardeners. At first, she tried to claim a man who lived with Smith at 330 Pine St. brought her there.
“In fact Minor A‘s mother was the person who brought her to the Pine Street house,” according to files in Clark’s case.
Smith’s criminal complaint says he told police the landlord let him stay at the house to keep it from being vandalized. Palm Beach County property records indicate the property is owned by Greystone Lake, LLC, out of Jupiter.
Smith quickly set the terms of residence.
“Minor A claimed that Smith said she could stay there in return for $40 every two days,” court records say. “Smith was aware that she made her money by engaging in prostitution. She also had sexual relations with Smith in return for controlled substances. She originally denied that Smith arranged tricks or prostitution dates for her but later admitted that Smith had arranged several tricks or dates for her with males.”
While she talked with cops on March 13, she called Clark on his cellphone.
“Clark used his cellphone to arrange for Minor A to meet with an adult male to engage in sex in return for money,” his admission says.
There’s no reference in the court documents whether or not Clark earned his nickname during one of his five Florida prison stretches for dealing heroin or cocaine. Smith told police his last prison stretch was from 1996-1999 for dealing drugs.