Man Sentenced in Sex Trafficking Case

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    A man was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison for his part in the sex trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. 

    Randy Martell Ballard, 28, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to sex trafficking children, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.

    Ballard met a 14-year-old girl in El Paso, TX and transported her to San Diego for the purpose of engaging her in prostitution, according to court documents.

    He purchased a bus ticket for her with a false name and posted prostitution ads online. He also gave the girl false identification documents.

    The National City Police Department worked with Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security team to investigate the case.

    In addition to his time in federal prison, he will also have to serve 5 years of supervised release, pay a $1,000 fine and register as a sex offender.