Man pleads guilty in West Palm Beach to turning 14-year-old runaway into a prostitute
A 34-year-old man known as Shagg Dogg pleaded guilty this morning in a West Palm Beach courtroom to enticing a 14-year-old girl who ran away from home to engage in sex for money.
Rashad E. Clark, 34, also pleaded guilty to conspiring to recruit, entice and harbor a person knowing she is under 18 to engage in sex, enticing a minor to engage in prostitution and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.
He will be sentenced in late December and faces a minimum of 10 years in a federal prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Clark and his alleged co-conspirator, Mandi L. Bowman, 22, were arrested in February after the teen’s stepfather reported her missing to West Palm Beach Police. He told police he thought the teen was involved in prostitution and may be at a local hotel.
Bowman pleaded guilty in April to conspiring to recruit, entice, and harbor a person knowing she is under 18 to engage in sex. She was sentenced in July to four years in a federal prison followed by 25 years probation.
On Feb. 2, the West Palm Beach police’s Quick Recovery Team rescued the girl from a Days Inn Hotel room on 45th Street.
They knew she was at the hotel after finding her in an ad for an escort on backpage.com. An officer acted as a man looking for sex and called the cellphone number listed on the teen’s ad. They planned a meeting at the hotel.
The girl said that she was approached by Clark at a local convenience store. She called him later and discussed prostitution activities, she said.
The next day, Clark picked the teen up and took her to the Days Inn, where they had sex and she was paid $40, the complaint says. She was informed about prostitution fees — $150 for a half hour of sex and $250 for an hour——and what percentage she’d be able to keep.
Bowman admitted to agents that she took pictures of the juvenile and posted them online. She also taught her how to be a prostitute and how to answer calls and negotiate prices.