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The second of two New Castle men who prostituted a 14-year-old heroin addict was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for 10 years.

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak imposed that term on David Monrean, 24.

Monrean and his friend, Ronald Hartman, 27, were pimps for the girl from Grove City.

A heroin addict, she had sex with johns in an Ohio motel and gave her money to the two men. They then bought heroin and all three used it.

Both men pleaded to transporting a minor across state lines for sex after an investigation by the FBI and Grove City police. Hartman is serving 15 years.

The case was one of several brought in recent years by the local U.S. attorney’s office in an effort to combat an increase in teen sex trafficking.

The investigation began in 2016 when the girl left her home after getting out of a heroin treatment program. Her mother learned she was corresponding on Facebook with Hartman about acting as a prostitute in exchange for heroin.

She took nude pictures of herself with a cell phone and he put those images online to advertise her for sex.

He and Monrean then drove her to and from the Ohio motel for sex with johns.

She made $340, which they all used to buy heroin.

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