A Peoria man who is reportedly a registered sex offender on probation was arrested on Tuesday on child prostitution allegations, reports The Arizona Republic.
Al Maurice O’Neil is accused of pimping out a 14-year-old girl for more than a month. The 32-year-old was arrested on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor, child prostitution and misconduct involving weapons. He is being held without bond.
O’Neil allegedly found the girl through a third party and forced her to prostitute herself at a Phoenix apartment. She was also allegedly taken to Las Vegas by 28-year-old Tiffany Burt for prostitution purposes.
In addition to O’Neil, Burt was arrested on child prostitution charges. Although Burt may have been forced into prostitution herself, the simple act of transporting a minor for prostitution purposes is considered a crime of child prostitution.
Under Arizona law, child prostitution is a class 2 felony if the minor is under fifteen years of age and is punishable with a minimum of thirteen years in prison for a first offense. Given O’Neil’s prior record as a sex offender, he could receive a minimum of 23 years if his previous conviction was a felony. Further, since O’Neil was on probation at the time of his arrest, he could also be sent back to jail to serve the remainder of his probation term in addition to his sentence if convicted of child prostitution.
With such serious allegations against him and his previous criminal record, O’Neil will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend him.
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