Two Palm Beach County men who prostituted a 14-year-old after her mother left the girl with them were sentenced to federal prison last week.
The elder pimp, 63-year-old Charles “Suncoast” Smith, got 19 years, seven months from U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion. Smith took his case to a jury, although federal prosecutors already had received a guilty plea from Michael “Punkmeat” Clark, 44.
Clark’s guilty pleas on the child sex trafficking conspiracy charge as well as two counts of sex trafficking a child got him 18 years, four months from Middlebrooks.
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Florida Department of Corrections records indicate the duo are convicted drug dealers, which led indirectly to their arrest as pimps.
Clark’s admission of facts says while serving a narcotics-focused search warrant on a quaint house at 330 Pine St., West Palm Beach cops found a 14-year-old who had been listed as missing. The 14-year-old said she had been at the house for three months, but had been prostituted for eight months.
“Minor A explained that she met an unknown adult male ‘red dog’ who lived at the house at 330 Pine St.,” the admission says. “She claimed that he took her back to the house at 330 Pine St., where she met Smith. In fact, Minor A’s mother was the person who brought her to the Pine Street house.”
Smith didn’t give the girl a lease, but made clear she needed to come up with $40 every two days and knew the girl would need to be a prostitute to get the money. He also gave her controlled substances and took his payment in sex.
“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,” the court documents say.