Two more people have pleaded guilty to charges of participating in a prostitution ring in Fairfax County that recruited local high school girls, authorities said.
Donyel Pier Dove, 27, of Alexandria, and Henock Ghile, 23, of Springfield, admitted their involvement in the ring, allegedly run by members of the Underground Gangster Crips, in federal court in Alexandria on Thursday.
Their guilty pleas come about one month after two of their gang associates, Michael Tavon Jeffries, 21, of Woodbridge, and Christopher Sylvia, 23, of Springfield, admitted their roles in the prostitution ring.
Authorities said that the gang members recruited girls they found on street corners, the Metro, Facebook, and in school. Court records show that at least 10 underage girls from Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia were involved.
Dove, also known as “Bleek,”pleaded guilty to to sex trafficking of a juvenile, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison, U.S. attorney Neil H. MacBride said in a news release. Dove admitted to being a bodyguard for underage and adult prostitutes from April 2009 through March 2012.
He also pleaded guilty to use of a firearm during two armed robberies of 7-11 stores in Manassas in March, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Fairfax, MacBride’s statement said. Dove faces five years to life on the use of a firearm charge and a maximum of 10 years in prison on the possession of a firearm charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 10.
Ghile, also known as “Knots,” pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a juvenile, the U.S. attorney’s office said. He admitted in court that between May and September 2011, he transported two 17-year-old girls to work as prostitutes. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 3.