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Two county men face child sex trafficking charges

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Two New Castle men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of producing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and sex trafficking of a child.

A news release issued Tuesday by Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song says the four-count indictment named Ronald Kyle Hartman, 27, and David Michael Monrean, 24, as the defendants.

According to the indictment, Hartman produced image files of the sexual exploitation of a minor on Aug. 15, 2016. From Aug. 14-16, for the purpose of private financial gain, Hartman and Monrean knowingly and willfully transported or arranged induced, procured, or facilitated the travel of a minor in interstate commerce, from Pennsylvania to Ohio, with the intent that the juvenile would engage in prostitution and other sexual activity. They allegedly aided and abetted such conduct, the indictment reads.

Also, from Aug.14-16, 2016, Hartman and Monrean knowingly entered into a conspiracy to recruit a girl younger than 18 for sex trafficking.


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