A former Navy sailor who kept an underage HIV-positive girl in his barracks admitted in court Wednesday that he prostituted in Virginia and in other states.
Jeffrey C. Wright, 25, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Norfolk to crossing state lines for sex trafficking of a child. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in November.
Wright, who was discharged from the Navy in March, was arrested in April after local authorities caught him with a 17-year-old runaway. The girl, who had been living with foster parents in the region, went by the names Honey B, Pink China and Naomi C.
They met online about a month after the girl was arrested in Georgia on a prostitution charge. Another man was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges involving the girl in Atlanta. The girl was returned to a foster home but ran away again to meet Wright.
Wright began prostituting her on the website backpage.com last fall, prosecutors said. He drove her to customers around the region, and in Maryland and North Carolina.
After being discharged from the Navy, Wright continued prostituting the girl while they lived out of a borrowed Lincoln sedan, prosecutors said.
Wright remains in jail pending sentencing.