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Tampa man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of minors

TAMPA — A Tampa man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to four counts of sex trafficking of minors.

Eric Antwan "Santana" Bell, 37, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison, five years of supervised release and must forfeit an assault rifle, handgun, digital camera, SD memory cards and five computers, according to the plea agreement.

Bell was arrested in New Jersey in September 2011 because he fled when a warrant was issued for his arrest in Hillsborough County.

In the plea agreement, Bell admits taking in at least four teenaged girls, having sex with them, photographing them naked and in sexual situations, advertising their services on websites and collecting all the proceeds from their prostitution.

A woman whom prosecutors said helped Bell prostitute the teens, Neang Prom, is on house arrest in Bradenton as prosecutors prepare for trial.

Tampa man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of minors 02/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:57pm]
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