A 13-year-old girl who had been held in D.C. Jail for five days on prostitution charges was transferred yesterday to a juvenile facility after jail officials discovered the girl had lied about her age, according to court sources.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Richard Levie ordered the girl's transfer after she apparently told a case worker at the jail yesterday that she was not 21 as she had claimed at the time of her arrest Thursday, but 13 years old, one source said.
The girl was transferred to a receiving home after her mother, who had filed a missing person's report last week, showed court officials records verifying the girl's age, according to another source.
Under D.C. law no one under the age of 18 is housed at the D.C. Jail, unless charged with a serious felony. Juveniles are instead incarcerated at a receiving home.
However, court sources said yesterday that it was not unusual for juveniles arrested for soliciting prostitution to lie about their age.
But one source said it was difficult to imagine that someone could mistake a 13-year-old for an 18-year-old. "Thirteen to eighteen is quite a span," the source said, "unless she came decked out like a 14th Street hooker."
D.C. Corrections officials could not be reached for comment.
The girl, who also gave a false name at the time of her arrest, was held at the jail Thursday after she was unable to post a $500 bond, according to court documents.
The girl is scheduled to appear in juvenile court today for possible prosecution as a juvenile.
Court records show that the girl was arrested after she waved to the curb and entered the car of an undercover police officer driving by the 1000 block of Vermont Avenue NW where she was standing.
The girl told the officer that she would accept $40 for a sexual act, according to records.
After her arrest, the girl told police that she never had a permanent address and that she stays in hotels in different cities. She said she had spent the last two days in a Silver Spring hotel, but planned to go to Las Vegas next.
She said she was born on Nov. 21, 1963, and had gone to school for six years, according to a report prepared by the Pretrial Services Agency.