LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Two Little Rock men have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a 6-year-old.
In a statement, federal prosecutors said Demarcus George, 27, and Mario Waters, 33, entered the plea before a federal judge in Little Rock. The guilty plea cancels George and Waters’ trial that was set to begin on Nov. 15.
In February 2018, a 6-year-old was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital due to symptoms that were later determined to be caused by several sexually transmitted diseases, according to federal prosecutors. The child reportedly told police she has been raped by the two men in a hotel room.
Federal prosecutors said law enforcement was able to locate a hotel that matched the description provided by the 6-year-old victim. Financial records from the hotel also showed that the child’s mother had rented a room at the hotel in March 2018 and paid with a credit card. The child has since been removed from the mother’s custody.
Officers later obtained search warrants for George and Waters’ blood and urine. Results showed that George and Waters tested positive for the sexually transmitted diseases that the child had contracted.
Prosecutors said that George and Waters later admitted in court that they had sexual contact with the 6-year-old and were involved in trafficking her with others.
A judge is expected to sentence George and Waters at a later date. . Conspiracy to commit human trafficking of a minor is punishable by any term of imprisonment up to life and not less than five years of supervised release.