The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services approved a pimp to be the guardian of a 12-year-old girl three months after he started selling her for sex on the streets of Washington, court documents show.
Shelby Lewis has pleaded guilty to taking four girls from his Temple Hills home to D.C., where he made them to sell their bodies and then turn the cash over to him. Lewis has been jailed pending his March sentencing in D.C.’s federal court. The 42-year-old faces 15 to 20 years in prison.
Lewis admitted to starting his pimp business in March 2006. The first girl he sold for sex was a 12-year-old referred to only as “S.H.”
In June 2006, Lewis “was officially permitted to serve as the guardian of S.H. by the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and her custodian, her paternal aunt, Gloria Sockwell,” federal prosecutors wrote in court documents.
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