Keith Lawrence McMurray recruited girl for prostitution

A U.S. district judge sentenced a Portland man on Monday to 17 years in prison for sex trafficking involving a 17-year-old Beaverton girl.

Keith Lawrence McMurray, 32, of Portland, pleaded guilty on Sept. 4, 2013, to one count of sex trafficking a minor, a 17-year-old Beaverton girl. Judge Marco A. Hernandez sentenced McMurray to 204 months, noting the defendant’s objectification of the victim was “extremely concerning.”

The government, led by prosecutor J.R. Ujifusa, a special assistant U.S. attorney, alleged that McMurray recruited the victim into prostitution when she was 17. He used various prostitution-based websites to advertise the girl and posed as a customer to promote the minor on one of the websites. McMurray also filmed sex acts with her when she was a minor.

All these acts took place while the defendant was on post-prison supervision.

The case stemmed from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force and Multnomah County Parole and Probation. The task force marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children through sex trafficking, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

“Sex trafficking a minor continues to be a huge concern for this community,” said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. “Young girls and boys in our community are preyed upon for commercial sex, and are used by traffickers as simply a way to gain money. We will continue to prosecute aggressively anyone who exploits, aids or recruits children in this dark world.”

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