Delaware man to serve 9 years in prison for human trafficking in Jessup

By Andrew Michaels

Howard County Times

August 30, 2016, 3:22 PM

9-year-old Delaware man pleaded guilty to human trafficking of a 17-year-old girl Monday in Howard County Circuit Court. He was arrested in February after evading a Maryland State Police and FBI investigation near a Jessup hotel.

Judge Richard S. Bernhardt sentenced Nathaniel Lee Thompson, of Wilmington, Del., to nine years in prison, five years probation after his release and to register as a Tier II sex offender for 25 years.

According to Howard County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Wayne Kirwan, Delaware resident Janice Lee Figueroa, 19, was Thompson's accomplice in the crime. Figueroa, who pleaded guilty in May to receiving earnings of prostitution, was arrested in a vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant nearby the hotel. She was sentenced to five years in prison...