ATLANTA -- A convicted pimp has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for prostituting two teenage runaways.
Derek Spencer, 34, was found guilty Thursday on charges of human trafficking, statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, pimping, pandering, sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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According to information presented in Fulton County court, Spencer met the 14-year-old victims at a southwest Atlanta convenience store in October 2012 and invited them back to his Fletcher Street home.
He and co-defendant Kynne Shuler, 33, provided the victims with alcohol and drugs, and forced them to have sex with various men. Spencer also had sex with the girls between "clients," according to prosecutors, and made the victims perform sexual favors in exchange for food, clothes and toiletries.
Spencer and Shuler were arrested at a College Park hotel on Oct. 20, 2012. Police raided the hotel room after receiving an anonymous tip and found the defendants hiding in a bathtub.
Shuler pleaded guilty before going to trial and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A third defendant, Hossein Sharifi of Norcross, pleaded guilty to human trafficking, and was sentenced to five years in prison and five more on probation. Sharifi paid to have sex with the victims. His plea makes him the first "John" convicted of human trafficking in the state of Georgia, according to Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones.
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