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On Friday, a Capitol Heights man was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison on charges relating to the prostitution of underage girls.

Judge Deborah K. Chasanow of the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt sentenced Dennis “Domo” Smith, 31, to 150 months in prison, followed by 10 years supervised release, after Smith pleaded guilty to charges of transporting a minor to engage in prostitution and sex trafficking of a minor.

According to Smith’s plea agreement, in February 2012, law enforcement discovered Smith was prostituting two girls, ages 15 and 17, at a New Carrollton hotel where he photographed and advertised them online for sexual services.

An undercover officer set up a “date” with the 15-year-old, and arriving at the scene, identified both girls and arrested Smith, seizing his laptop, cell phone and tattoo equipment, according to the plea agreement.

There were text messages on Smith’s phone from the girls relating to their engaging in prostitution, and both girls were tattooed with Smith’s nickname, “Domo”, according to the agreement.

The plea agreement stated that Smith admitted to bringing the girls to the hotel for the purpose of prostitution, and instructing the younger girl on how much to charge clients for services, the money from which was given to Smith.

Also according to the agreement, in October 2011, Smith transported the older girl, then 16, along with two adult women to Richmond, Va., to engage in commercial sex acts for two days, and advertised the girl online.

“The sexual victimization and trafficking of children is among the highest criminal investigative priorities for the FBI here in Maryland,” Stephen E. Vogt, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office, said in a statement. “The FBI pledges our firm commitment in finding, investigating and prosecuting individuals who prey on young victims.”

janfenson-comeau@gazette.net