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Man sentenced to life in prison in sex trafficking of 6-year-old

By: - October 25, 2022 5:42 pm
U.S. District Court building, Little Rock

U.S. District Court building, Little Rock

A Little Rock man who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a 6-year-old child received a life sentence Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Brian Miller.

DeMarcus George, 28, is one of two men charged in the case, which began in February 2018 when the 6-year-old was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital with symptoms of what later were determined to be caused by several sexually transmitted diseases, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

George and Mario Waters, 34, of Palestine were indicted in September 2019 and both pleaded guilty last November.

“Both defendants admitted in court that they had sexual contact with the minor and were involved in trafficking her with others. Waters is awaiting sentencing,” according to a press release from the federal prosecutor.

A sentencing hearing for Waters ended abruptly earlier this month after Miller learned that the defendant’s attorneys had not properly prepared him for the hearing, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The U.S. Attorney’s press release on Tuesday noted that an FBI forensic interviewer interviewed the child, who said two men, later determined to be George and Waters, had raped her in a hotel room.

Doctors at Arkansas Children’s Hospital determined that it was unlikely the child had obtained each sexually transmitted disease from the same offender and that there were likely multiple offenders, the press release said. George and Waters tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases that the minor had contracted.

The child described the room where she was raped in enough detail that law enforcement was able to find the hotel. Financial records from the hotel showed the child’s mother had rented a room there in March 2018 and paid with a credit card. The child has since been removed from the mother’s custody, the press release said.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Little Rock Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristin Bryant and Allison Bragg are prosecuting the case.

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