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Man is sentenced in teenage prostitution case

June 10, 2010 |  4:17 pm

A 29-year-old man who admitted to arranging for two teenage girls to work as prostitutes in Los Angeles and Orange County was sentenced Thursday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison, authorities said.

Dwayne Lawson, a Washington, D.C., resident, met one of the teenage girls on MySpace.com in fall 2008 and promised to make her a "star," according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

As part of his plea, Lawson admitted that he brought the girl from Florida to Orange County and Los Angeles to work as a prostitute, prosecutors said. She was arrested on prostitution charges in April 2009 by Los Angeles police officers. She was 17 at the time, prosecutors said.

Lawson drove the second girl from Miami to Orange County in 2008 and had her engage in sex acts in "various counties and states," according to the plea agreement.

Lawson pleaded guilty in federal court in Santa Ana to one count of sex trafficking of children but admitted that he directed both girls to work as prostitutes, the U.S. attorney's office said.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

-- Robert J. Lopez