- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A former competitive cheerleader who recruited a 17-year-old friend into prostitution has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.

Julia Haner, 20, said Monday she takes full responsibility and told U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman she plans to make use of a drug treatment program while in prison.

Haner pleaded guilty in June to violating the federal Mann Act, which makes it a crime to transport someone between states for prostitution.

She and the victim used to ride the school bus together to Lake Oswego High School. Haney arranged for her to engage in prostitution in Portland and Eugene, as well as Vancouver, Washington. She reserved hotel rooms for the teen and placed online ads.

Prosecutor Craig Gabriel said Haner and a co-defendant were grooming another person to enter prostitution at the time of their arrests in April 2014.

Haner’s legal problems deepened when she cut off an ankle monitoring bracelet and failed to show up for a court hearing.

Before delivering the sentence, the judge told Haner she had betrayed her friends. He added, however, that Haner had been betrayed during a difficult childhood, and that reduced her responsibility. She got less than half of a possible 10-year sentence.

“Almost every adult charged with your care, with the notable exception of the coaches that you’ve had, has in some way large or small betrayed that trust,” Mosman said.

The judge told Haner she has a chance to make something of herself, and the excuse of a tough upbringing won’t work if he sees her again.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that you don’t have the intelligence, the work ethic and the talent and skill to live a life very different than the life you’ve lived so far,” he said.

Haner’s co-defendant, Konrod Mason, pleaded guilty in April to transporting a minor for prostitution. He is expected to face a 10-year prison sentence when sentenced in March 2016.

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