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Elkton man pleads guilty to sex trafficking a minor

Posted at 7:02 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 19:02:11-05

ELKTON, Md. — A 41-year-old man from Elkton pleaded guilty on Thursday to the federal charge of sex trafficking a minor.

Officials say, according to his plea agreement, Xavier Lee, for the past decade has operated an illicit prostitution business, including operating a website where he posted advertisements of women who he made available for commercial sexual acts.

That website was seized by the FBI, in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office and the Maryland State Police. For a time, Lee also operated a different website, where he offered a subscription pornographic service to paying customers.

Lee admitted that he had sexual contact with Minor Victim 5, beginning when Minor Victim 5 was 14 years old and recorded his sexual contact with that minor. Investigators recovered eight separate videos from Lee’s electronic devices, each of which had been recorded by Lee and each of which documented the sexual abuse of Minor Victim 5, depicting Minor Victim 5 engaged in sexual acts with Lee or with another adult man.

He admitted that he was aware of Minor Victim 5’s true age.

Lee also admitted that in 2013, he also had Minor Victim 4, who was sixteen to seventeen years old, do prostitution dates at his direction. Lee was aware of Minor Victim 4’s true age during the time.

Lee faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison for sex trafficking of a minor.