Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Kyle David Robinson, 29, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 126 months in federal prison, followed by 8 years of probation, for sex trafficking a minor.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Chief Gregory Der of the Howard County Police Department; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.
“Robinson manipulated a 14-year-old underage victim, sexually assaulted her, and advertised her for commercial sex dates for her financial benefit. In coordination with our law enforcement partners, our office continues to fight human trafficking through law enforcement training, persistent prosecution, and education,” said U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron. “As tomorrow is World Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day , I encourage Marylanders to educate themselves on the common signs of human trafficking and to report suspected cases of human trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888 ) 373-7888”.
According to his plea agreement, Robinson knowingly recruited, lured, transported and advertised a 14-year-old girl (minor victim 1) to engage in commercial sex acts for her own financial gain. Robinson admitted he knew underage Victim 1 was 14 years old before he advertised commercial sex to her.
In May 2021, Robinson approached Underage Victim 1 in his vehicle while Underage Victim 1 was sitting on the steps of a group home where she was residing. Robinson told Underage Victim 1 that he was a pimp and called himself “Youngblood”. Although Underage Victim 1 informed Robinson that she was underage, Robinson asked for Underage Victim 1’s phone number and texted her. The next day, Robinson picked up child victim 1 from the group home and brought her to his residence.
As detailed in his plea, in May and June 2021, Robinson transported underage victim 1 to his residence on several occasions. On at least one occasion, Robinson had unprotected sex with Underage Victim 1. After an interaction in which Robinson had sex with Underage Victim 1, Robinson told Underage Victim 1 that she had to “break” with him, took $50 from the underage victim. 1, and told underage victim 1 that she should call him “daddy”.
Robinson advised Minor Victim 1 to download a social media app for the purpose of communicating with potential commercial sex customers. Robinson then drafted responses to potential customers on behalf of Underage Victim 1. Additionally, Robinson sent verbally hostile messages to Underage Victim 1 and asked her to keep her phone with her at all times.
On June 4, 2021, in a text message with Underage Victim 1, Robinson informed Underage Victim 1 that he had to physically assault Victim 2, a 19-year-old female, to get a boyfriend. Robinson arranged for Victim 2 to reside at his residence and for Victim 2 to go on commercial sex dates. Like underage Victim 1, Robinson had unprotected sex with Victim 2 and asked Victim 2 to pay him money to associate with him.
As noted in his plea deal, after law enforcement received information that Robinson was offering young women for business, investigators arranged for an undercover officer to arrange sex. commercial. In conversation with the undercover officer, Robinson told the undercover officer that he had young girls and that he had two teenagers available for an hour at a rate of $1,000. The undercover officer offered to pay $500 for a half hour with a tentative date and Robinson agreed. Later in the conversation, Robinson told the undercover officer that he only had one woman available due to a conflicting school schedule.
On June 7, 2021, Robinson called the undercover officer to arrange for two victims, including underage victim 1, to have commercial sex with the officer at a hotel. Surveillance cameras captured Robinson and underage victim 1 as they entered the hotel for the commercial sex date. In the hotel room, the undercover officer offered $750 to have sex with underage victim 1. Robinson then accepted the money for the sex date. Shortly after, law enforcement entered the room and apprehended Robinson and secured underage Victim 1.
This case was investigated by law enforcement members of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit http://www.mdhumantrafficking.org/.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the HSI, the Howard County Police Department and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary W. Setzer and Colleen E. McGuinn, who are prosecuting the case.
For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, and resources available to report human trafficking, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/human-trafficking.
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