Man admits to sex trafficking of 17-year-old girl through online ads

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CAMDEN — A 29-year-old man admitted Thursday to forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution last year, authorities said.

Aaron J. Gray, of Camden, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to a charge of sex trafficking of a minor, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.

Gray, authorities have said, along with Aja M. Easley, 22, of Camden, and Kenneth A. Mertz, 35, of Collingwood, forced the teen girl into prostitution and advertised her through online advertisements.

The trio was previously charged with sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor. Gray was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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