Christopher White, 20, of Eastampton, was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for his role in the prostitution and sex trafficking of a 17-year-old in October 2016, state officials announced.
An Eastampton man was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges for his role in the prostitution and human trafficking of a 17-year-old girl in 2016, authorities announced.
Christopher K. White, 20, of Monmouth Road, entered a guilty plea in February to first-degree promotion of prostitution and second-degree facilitating human trafficking. He was sentenced Friday by Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert at the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly to 13 years in prison with five years of parole ineligibility, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced.
White was indicted along with Adria Regn, 28, formerly of Mount Holly, who authorities said was his girlfriend at the time, on 11 counts including an offense that was punishable by 20 years to life in prison.
Regn pleaded guilty last year to second-degree conspiring to commit human trafficking and is set to be sentenced to five years in prison next week, according to the Attorney General's office.
When he entered his plea, White admitted that he knowingly facilitated human trafficking of the 17-year-old, put photos and information about her online offering her sexual services, and transported her to motels to engage in prostitution between Oct. 8 and Oct. 17, 2016. He also knew the girl was under 18.
Regn previously admitted in court to picking the girl up at her grandmother’s house on Oct. 8, 2016, along with White. The two took the teen to a motel and created a website online to advertise her sexual services. Nude photos of her were posted on an online site, according to the state.
Regn, who has been released pending sentencing, also admitted that she knew the girl’s age.
White will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life, the Attorney General's office said.
“This prison sentence reflects our resolve to rescue victims of human trafficking and bring those responsible to justice,” Grewal said. “We’ll continue to devote the resources necessary to expose these crimes and raise awareness about this brutal form of modern day slavery.”
An investigation began after the victim reported that she was forced by White and Regn to work as a prostitute for 10 days in October 2016 at various motels where they lived in Burlington County.
The girl was acquainted with White and initially went to the motel believing she would baby-sit Regn’s two children, according to the state. White and Regn stayed in the same room as the victim or an adjoining room and arranged for multiple clients to meet her, authorities said. The teenager, who did not receive any of the money, eventually fled while they were asleep.