Pennsylvania man pleads to sex-trafficking 4 Ohio runaways

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking four teenage runaways from Ohio who were found in his car during a traffic stop last year, along with 8,000 individual dose bags of heroin.

Officials say 41-year-old Robert Middlebrook agreed Thursday to a sentence of 12 years in prison, though a federal judge must approve it when he returns to court on May 9.

The Clairton man's co-defendant, 26-year-old Kiari Day, of Rankin, pleaded guilty in November to helping Middlebrook by teaching the girls how to interact with customers and helping post online prostitution ads. She'll be sentenced in December.

The girls, all 17 or 16, were runaways from the Canton-Akron area.

Middlebrook's defense attorney declined comment.

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