TOWSON, Md.: An Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Maryland on human trafficking and prostitution charges.
Thirty-five-year-old Bennie Veasey of Cleveland was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He was convicted by a jury in July.
County prosecutors say Veasey lured a 19-year-old woman from Ohio into a prostitution ring and that she was coerced by Veasey to act as a prostitute and hand over her earnings to him. Prosecutors say Veasey was using the money to pay off lawyer’s fees stemming from a rape charge in Cleveland.
The woman was recovered during a sting operation conducted by Baltimore County police.
Veasey’s attorney declined to comment.