Man who lured teens into prostitution sentenced to 17 years

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Posted: Nov 03, 2015 8:03 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A New York man convicted of luring teenage girls to Connecticut and prostituting them out of a motel has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison.

Edward Thomas was found guilty in January of sex trafficking of minors and was sentenced Monday in a Hartford court.

Prosecutors said Thomas lured a 16-year-old and 17-year-old from their home in Oregon in September 2012 to prostitute them out of a Milford motel.

Lawyers for the 41-year-old Brooklyn man had argued that a 10-year sentence was sufficient to keep him off the streets.

Kayla Walters, a co-defendant in the case, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor in November 2014. She's awaiting sentencing.