- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HENRICO, Va. (AP) - A North Carolina man has been convicted in Virginia’s first case of commercial sex trafficking under a new law.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1KoAdM6) 27-year-old Robert Lewis Dillard of Jamestown, North Carolina, was found guilty Tuesday. Dillard pleaded guilty to one felony count of sex trafficking by force.

Authorities say Dillard brought a young woman to Virginia to work as a prostitute at two Henrico County hotels last summer.

A judge sentenced Dillard to five years in prison with four years and nine months suspended.

Henrico prosecutor Michael Feinmel says Dillard was the first person in Virginia to be charged under a 2015 commercial sex trafficking law, which focuses new attention on the men behind prostitution rather than the female victims.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com


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