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Dallas

Man sentenced in prostitution case

A federal judge has sentenced a Dallas man to 20 years in prison for recruiting a developmentally disabled teenaged girl into prostitution, U.S. Attorney John Parker announced this week.

Damion Kentrell White, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid or a racketeering enterprise and one count of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment. Kenneth Laray White, 27, his brother, was sentenced earlier this year to serve 27 years and two months in federal prison for participating in the same scheme in July 2013.

The brothers had known the girl since she was 15, but they waited until she was 18 to take her around to motels to engage in sex with paying customers, according to investigators. The two knew they could take advantage of her diminished mental capacity to befriend her and then force her into prostitution.

Kenneth White used his cellphone to take provocative photos of the victim that they later used in advertisements posted on backpage.com. The brothers deprived their victim of food and prevented her from leaving a motel room to encourage her to engage in commercial sex acts for them, according to court records.

After receiving a tip, Dallas police officers rescued the victim from a motel room after she had been held in captivity for several days.

— Staff report

 

Amarillo

Texas priest videotapes aborted fetus on altar

A Roman Catholic priest who has for years been a vocal abortion opponent last Sunday placed an aborted fetus on his altar in Amarillo and posted a video of it on two social media sites.

The Dallas Morning News reports Rev. Frank Pavone, head of the New York-based Priests for Life, says in the video that a pathologist entrusted him with the fetus for burial.

In the 44-minute video posted to Facebook, Pavone says Hillary Clinton and the Democratic platform will allow abortion to continue, while Donald Trump and the Republican platform want to protect unborn children.

In a shorter version on Instagram, Pavone says abortion won’t stop “unless America sees abortion.” A call seeking comment from the Amarillo Roman Catholic diocese was not immediately returned Tuesday.

— The Associated Press