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Jury indicts Elizabeth City man for sex trafficking of a child, producing child porn

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Joshua Manuel Treat

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A jury indicted a man Thursday on charges of sex trafficking of children, use of interstate commerce in furtherance of prostitution, production of child porn, and distribution of drugs to a person under 21 years old.

The allegations of the indictment claim that from September 26 to October 12 Joshua Manuel Treat, 20, posted and advertised a 14-year-old girl on the internet for prostitution.

In order to make the teen more open to prostitution he would give her heroin before she met with customers.

Treat faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

Treat pleaded not guilty in court and requested a trial in March.