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Woodbridge man sentenced for sexually exploiting 2 minor girls

A Woodbridge man was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for sexually exploiting two minor girls as a prostitution customers.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, 65-year-old Steve Nowell, was a frequent commercial sex customer of a prostitution ring led by Michael Gunn, who was accused of sex trafficking two minor girls — ages 14 and 16 — over the course of two years in the DMV area.

Nowell was identified by the minor victims and by two co-conspirators of Michael Gunn as a regular commercial sex customer who paid both of the minor girls for sex on at least 23 occasions.

Authorities found a hidden camera at Nowell’s home that secretly recorded at least one of the minors, and other female victims, in various stages of undress while at his residence for prostitution.

In a recorded interview, Nowell admitted to paying for sex with one of the minors and claimed he did not know her real age. Evidence at trial revealed the minor weighed between 80 and 90 pounds while she was sexually exploited by Nowell.

In addition to the sentence of 10 years in prison, Nowell was ordered to pay $8,900 in restitution to the minor victims.

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