I-Team: 3 plead guilty to pandering; men accused of teen prostitution ring

LAS VEGAS - Three men accused of running a teen prostitution ring have struck a plea deal.  It's a story the I-Team first exposed last year.

The three defendants, Malik Clark, William Hoard, and Donald Adkins, have decided to plead guilty to pandering and attempted pandering.  In the judicial system pandering is the same as pimping.
   
Clark, Hoard, and Adkins faced a slew of charges, including sex trafficking a child and child abuse to name some.  Adkins was a juvenile when he was arrested, but he was charged as an adult.

At the time of their arrests, Adkins was 17 years old, Clark was 19 and Hoard was 22.  The suspects could have faced life in prison because underage victims were involved, but the plea deal protects them from life in prison.

The victims were 15, 16, and 17 year old girls from Green Valley High School.  When the I-Team's Vanessa Murphy interviewed William Hoard in jail last June, he denied everything.

Murphy:  "Are you a pimp?"
Hoard: "Nah, I'm not a pimp."
Murphy: "What's the truth?"
Hoard: "The truth is I'm in here for no reason. Like for a lie."
Murphy: "Okay, so you're not sorry for anything?"
Hoard: "I didn't do it, so there's nothing to be sorry about."

But Metro Police had evidence such as text messages, and according to testimony, the defendants and the girls agreed the girls would sell sex and share their earnings with the men.

The girls made visits to homes and hotels charging up to $500.
Testimony also revealed that the accused pimps provided the girls with drugs like cocaine.

Sentencing for the men is scheduled for October 3.


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