A federal judge has sentenced a former Army sergeant based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to 11 years in prison after he was convicted of sex trafficking of children.
Sterling T. Hospedales, 26, also must register as a sex offender when he’s released and be supervised for seven years, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
“You elected to go down a road of service to a country that adopted you, but you also chose a very dark road to go down,” District Court Judge Benjamin Settle told Hospedales during Monday’s sentencing. “Whatever sentence I give you won’t heal the scars your actions imposed upon these victims.”
Hospedales pleaded guilty in July to sex trafficking of a child and attempted sex trafficking of a child.
Prosecutors said he lured two runaway girls, ages 16 and 17, into prostitution and posted nude photos of them on the classified-ad website Craigslist, saying the girls would trade sex for money.
The case was investigated by Lakewood police and the federal Innocence Lost Task Force, which looks into sex trafficking of children.