PITTSBURGH (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man who fled to Mississippi to avoid child-sex trafficking charges has pleaded guilty.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 35-year-old Mario Grisom, of Homestead, plead guilty to prostituting a runaway he knew was only 15 last year.
Federal prosecutors say the girl told Grisom she was 17, but he learned she was 15 when a friend of the girl’s contacted him about an online sex ad Grisom placed featuring the teen. Grisom told the girl’s friend he could charge even more money if she was 15.
Grisom was indicted in June but fled. Authorities found him in Columbus, Mississippi in July.
Gibson also acknowledged promoting sex with another minor in 2012.
Grisom will be sentenced by a federal judge in Pittsburgh on March 2. His attorney declined comment.
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