Man Pleads Guilty to Area Sex Trafficking Charges

Credit: FBI A Nevada man who authorities say has been prostituting teenagers in Reston and Herndon for nearly a decade, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria Thursday to sex trafficking.

Authorities said Lenny Paul Haskins, aka “2 Much,” 34, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Richmond, Calif., pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child.

A statement of facts filed with the plea agreement said ” since at least 2005, Haskins has been a pimp and has derived his income primarily from prostituting women and girls.”

The plea agreement file said Haskins has prostituted women and girls in numerous cities and states, including New York, Nevada, Maryland, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah, California, and various places in Virginia (including Herndon, Reston, Vienna, Sterling, Falls Church, Tysons Corner, Dulles, Fairfax County, Arlington, and Alexandria).

The charge Haskins pleaded to took place in Herndon last summer. Authorities said in June 2014,  Haskins encountered two teens at a hotel near Sacramento, Calif..One was 15 years old and the other was 17 years old.  Both were runaways from foster care.  Haskins provided marijuana and eventually recruited them to prostitute for him.  Once he recruited them, Haskins performed sex acts with the victims, officials said.

In August 2014, Haskins instructed the victims to take a bus to Herndon, for the purposes of being prostituted there. Haskins arranged for advertisements to be posted on the Internet site www.Backpage.com, to obtain sex customers for the juveniles.

The juveniles sent prostitution proceeds to Haskins using various money transfer businesses.  The Las Vegas Police Department arrested Haskins in August 2014 but he continued to call the victims and give them directions from jail, authorities said.

Haskins faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Fairfax County Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Frank is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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