A South Ozone Park man who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a 14-year-old runaway was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Michael Summerville, 33, admitted last month that he befriended the then 14-year-old victim in January 2010 after she ran away from home, the DA said.
He engaged in sexual activity with her and eventually pimped her out until she managed to escape and return home, according to Brown.
However, in October 2010, the victim, then 15, ran away again and returned to Summerville’s home in South Ozone Park, where she stayed with him until the end of that month, the DA said.
During that time, she was made to prostitute herself on a daily basis and forced to give all of her earnings to him, Brown said.
The “sentence is more than justified and sends a clear message to others who traffic in vulnerable and troubled teenage girls, and use them as a commodity to be sold to others for cash, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Brown said in a prepared statement issued last Thursday.