A man convicted of trying to prostitute a 14-year-old girl in Tacoma has been sentenced to prison.
Police arrested 31-year-old Hon Path in June after the girl agreed to sell sex to a plain-clothes officer. Investigators later determined the girl worked for Path, Pierce County prosecutors said.
Path, also known as Phuem Path, pleaded guilty earlier this year to attempting to promote the commercial sexual abuse of a minor and illegally possessing a gun.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge John Hickman gave him seven years, six months in prison.
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According to charging papers:
The plain-clothes officer drove up beside the girl in the 8600 block of South Hosmer Street in Tacoma, and police arrested her after she agreed to have sex with him in exchange for money.
She first said she was 18 but later told investigators she was 14.
Investigators saw she has a tattoo that is common for girls controlled by pimps, court records show.
She wasn’t charged, but Path was after police found him watching from a parked vehicle nearby.
They also found a firearm in the trunk of his car. Because he had a prior conviction for forgery, he wasn’t allowed to have a gun.