A Wichita man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trying to entice local teens into prostitution, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Brandon W. Dennis, 26, received the sentence after he was convicted in U.S. District Court in December on two counts of attempting to recruit teenagers to perform commercial sex acts, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release. The sex trafficking charges stem from a series of Facebook messages Dennis sent to a 17-year-old Wichita girl on Oct. 23-24, 2011, asking her to sell sex. Dennis, who met the girl at a party that summer, told her she could make up to $800 a day working as a prostitute, Grissom said.
He later tried to recruit an undercover Wichita police detective, who contacted him using a phone number she recovered from the 17-year-old’s Facebook page.
Under the guise of “Rissa,” a 15-year-old girl, the detective exchanged text messages and phone conversations with Dennis, who offered her work as a prostitute, Grissom said. Authorities arrested Dennis on Oct. 25, 2011, when he arrived to an arranged meeting with “Rissa” at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 W. Douglas in Wichita.
Dennis’ conversations with the detective led to the second sex trafficking charge, Grissom said. He was 25 at the time of his arrest.