Baton Rouge man enters guilty plea in child sex case

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Baton Rouge man has admitted that he sold a 15-year-old girl into prostitution two years ago.

The Advocate reported 31-year-old Erick Jermaine Banks pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy

to traffic a child in the commercial sex trade.

U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says the crime carries a possible penalty of life imprisonment.

U.S. District Judge James J. Brady did not immediately schedule a sentencing date for Banks.

Baton Rouge police arrested Banks before dawn Jan. 30, 2011, as he was checking out of a hotel. Officers then rescued the

girl from a hotel room.