KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A mid-Missouri man has pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking, admitting he recruited a homeless girl into prostitution.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 37-year-old Eric Gathings, of Columbia, faces up to 15 years without parole after entering the plea Wednesday in federal court. He must also pay restitution to the victim.
Prosecutors say Gathings admitted recruiting the girl in 2009 and giving her a place to live while she sold herself for sex and gave him the earnings.
At one point, authorities say, Gathings was jailed on a weapons charge but continued to sell the girl through an organized prostitution ring. Prosecutors say he used her earnings to help him make bond.