RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- An alleged pimp from the Reno has been indicted by the federal grand jury on a sex trafficking charge for transporting a 15-year-old girl from Bakersfield, Calif. to Reno, Nev. to work as a prostitute, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Bogeden says Vernon McCullum III, aka “Fifth,” 20, of Reno, was indicted Jan. 23, 2013. He is charged with one count of illegal transportation of a minor for prostitution or other illegal sexual activity.
If convicted, McCullum faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. McCullum is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge in Reno today at 3:00 p.m. for an arraignment and plea.
According to the indictment and criminal complaint, on Jan. 10, 2013, the Bakersfield, California Police Department received a report of a missing 15-year-old girl and opened an investigation. The investigation revealed that an advertisement had been posted on the internet website “Myredbook.com” stating that an individual using the name “Babyfaith” was available for prostitution services. The telephone number listed in the advertisement was that of the missing girl.
The investigation further revealed that two days earlier, on Jan. 8, 2013, in Bakersfield, the 15-year-old girl was introduced to McCullum by a female acquaintance who had been working for McCullum as a prostitute.
On Jan. 9, 2013, Bogden says McCullum drove the 15-year-old and the other female to a hotel room in Reno and told the female acquaintance to take nude pictures of the 15-year-old, which were then uploaded onto the Myredbook.com website. Following the posting of the advertisement on the website, the 15-year-old engaged in prostitution directed by McCullum, and was required to give the money earned from the prostitution to the female acquaintance who provided it to McCullum.
The case is being investigated by the Bakersfield Police Department and the Reno Police Department Street Enforcement Team, which includes the Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI, as part of their Innocence Lost Task Force.
An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.