Man pleads guilty in Augusta sex trafficking ring

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in eastern Georgia say the last of five defendants has pleaded guilty in a sex trafficking ring.

Authorities said Monday that 35-year-old William Warren Hart of Hephzibah pleaded guilty to using interstate commerce to facilitate a business involving prostitution.

Authorities say the prostitution ring involved a 16-year-old runaway girl and operated in the Augusta area in 2013.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Shelica Daniels, 29-year-old Allison Barnes, 30-year-old Heather Hedrick and 32-year-old Charles Castillo, all of Augusta, have also pleaded guilty to conspiring to engage in the sex trafficking of a minor.

Authorities say Hart had a limited role in the ring and faces up to five years in prison, while the other four defendants could be given a life sentence.

Prosecutors say a sentencing date has not been scheduled.

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