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Man pleads guilty to human trafficking charges

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Posted at 6:07 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 18:07:06-04

A College Park, Md. man pleaded guilty to a single count of human trafficking Wednesday morning after police caught him in a reverse prostitution operation last fall.

Matthew Ezekial Bogle, 32, of the 9600 block of Millerstone Way, attempted to recruit an undercover police officer to travel to Virginia with him as a prostitute. Eight would be johns also were arrested for soliciting prostitution when they responded to ads police put on Backpage.com, which was shut down earlier this month after the site was seized by FBI and additional federal agencies.

Bogle responded to an ad on Oct. 30 and began exchanging texts with a police officer posing as a prostitute. Bogle attempted to convince his potential target that she could make more money and have better opportunities if she can worked for him in Virginia.

Bogle eventually traveled to a hotel on the 9800 block of Washington Boulevard in Baltimore to personally recruit the woman. Police entered the room he and the woman were in and arrested Bogle. 

Bogle faces a sentence between three months and four years in prison.