BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man with the street name "King Sincere" pleaded guilty Friday to sex trafficking of a minor after he brought a girl from New York to his home where she worked as a prostitute, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Darryl Morris, 32, has been in custody since his arrest on Aug. 16, 2016. According to court documents, in November 2014 he met a 15-year-old girl who was working in prostitution in New York. Shortly thereafter, he brought her to his home in Bridgeport and arranged to have advertisements of her services posted on Backpage.com.
The girl began to see prostitution customers at Morris's home and gave the money she received to Morris. He also drove her to other locations in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., where she saw prostitution customers, Daly said.
She worked as a prostitute for Morris from November 2014 to April 2015, and from November 2015 to May 2016, seeing approximately 10 customers a day, according to court documents. Morris engaged in sexual activity with her, and began beating her a few weeks after she arrived in Bridgeport.
On May 2, 2016, police found her at a hotel in East Hartford, after she called her mother who then contacted police. Morris had recently beaten her, and she had visible scars and signs of physical abuse.
He will be scheduled in September, at which point he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum term of life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $100,000, which Daly said is a conservative estimate of how much the girl earned in prostitution when she was with Morris.
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