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Man accused of raping girl, 12, and forcing her into prostitution

December 26, 2011 |  4:34 pm

A Los Angeles man faces several criminal charges stemming from his arrest last week on suspicion he forced a child into prostitution and sexually assaulted her, police said.

LAPD and FBI agents took Michael Vincent Pree, 23, into custody Dec. 21. He is accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl repeatedly over the course of a week and forcing her to work as a prostitute during the same period, according to information released by police Monday.

Pree allegedly committed the crimes sometime earlier this year, although authorities did not specify the date. They also did not provide details on how Pree came in contact with the girl and how police first learned of his alleged crimes.

After being held for about 12 hours, Pree posted $50,000 bail and was released, records show. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 12.

Following his arrest,  the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office filed several charges against Pree, including aggravated sexual assault of a minor, pimping, and several counts of lewd acts upon a child, police said.

The team of LAPD officers involved in the arrest belong to the Innocence Lost task force -- a group targeting sexual exploitation of children. The task force, comprised of several local and federal agencies, is one of dozens of similar task forces operating in police departments throughout the U.S. as part of a coordinated campaign run by the FBI.

These groups have worked successfully to rescue more than 1,800 children and have successfully led to the conviction of more than 800 pimps, madams and their associates who exploit children through prostitution.

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-- Joel Rubin

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