Va. man given 8 years in prostitution case

N.Y. teen girl brought to Md. to work streets

June 28, 2000

A man convicted of bringing a New York teen-ager to Laurel so that she could work for him as a prostitute in Washington was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison.

Minutes after Jessie Lee Young, 34, told Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner that "I just want to get on with my life," Lerner gave Young, of Alexandria, Va., the maximum 10-year sentence.

Lerner then suspended two years of the sentence and added five years' probation for Young, who was convicted of bringing a person into Maryland for the purpose of prostitution.

When the girl, then 16, was charged with prostitution last fall in Washington, a sordid story emerged that she retold at Young's trial in May:

She grew up fatherless and her mother was a drug addict. Young offered her a ride one day, and he seemed kind. He asked her to work for his escort service. She left her Rochester relatives to work the streets for him in several East Coast cities.

The girl told police, when arrested and charged with prostitution, that she was in Washington because she and Young had been on their way to Tennessee to see her mother.

She said she was worried about her sister, who was waiting for them at a Laurel motel.

The girl, who is pregnant and is not being identified by The Sun because she is the victim of a sex crime, testified against Young at his trial last month.

In a letter to Lerner, the girl said she was love-starved, and Young told her he loved her: "I trusted and believed in him. That's what I wanted ... someone I could love and who would love me back."

Young is facing similar charges in New York, Anne Arundel County prosecutors said.

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