Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Andrew Davila was sentenced on Monday to 175 months (over 14 years) in prison for prostituting a 15-year-old girl whose services were advertised in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, the United States Attorney’s Office of Maryland announced in a press release.
In January 2015, Davila confessed to recruiting the 15-year-old through Instagram.
Following Davila’s release, the Attorney’s Office reported he will also serve 25 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
“Michael Andrew Davila will be locked in a federal cell until the year 2030 for exploiting a vulnerable child,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein stated in the press release. “Time and again, we see that tragedy awaits some children who use the internet without parental supervision.”
According to the Attorney’s Office, the 15-year-old was recruited in January 2015 and turned 16 later that same month. Over the next couple months, Davila made arrangements for the teen to be prostituted under fake names and ages.
“Between January and March 2015, Davila arranged for the victim to engage in acts of prostitution, advertised the victim online for sexual services in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, using a false name and age for the victim, and transported or arranged for transportation of the victim throughout Maryland, DC. and Virginia to engage in commercial sex acts,” the Attorney’s Office also stated in the press release.
On April 20, 2015, Davila was arrested at a motel in Laurel where officials say he was staying with his mother Maria Davila.
His mother later confessed that after her son’s arrest she erased a KIK account and attempted to erase a Pinger account that was used to communicate with the prostitute victims. She was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit evidence tampering.
Davila’s co-defendant Elsie Liseth Pazmino was also sentenced to “time served, followed by six months of home detention as part of three years of supervised release, for using the telephone and internet to facilitate the prostitution of the minor.”
This case was investigated by FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force (MCETF).