New Castle men charged with sex trafficking, creating child porn

Prosecutors said the men brought the teen girl from Grove City to Youngstown for prostitution

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKBN) – Two New Castle men are facing federal charges after prosecutors said they prostituted a teenage girl.

Ronald Hartman, 27, and David Monrean, 24, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on sex trafficking a minor and child pornography charges.

Prosecutors said the men brought the girl, who is under 18 years of age, from Grove City to Youngstown for prostitution last August.

The men took a sexually explicit picture of the girl and posted it as an online advertisement, according to prosecutors.

Hartman and Monrean are charged with production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, interstate transportation of a minor for purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking of a child.

Hartman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $1 million fine, while Monrean faces life in prison and a $750,000 fine.

The FBI investigated the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative to combat child sexual exploitation. The initiative was launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice.

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