The girl placed her ad in the age category, and Qwest requires users to be at least 18 years old, but the girl told investigators no one verified her age. Dahl was arrested Jan. She and Dahl called each other for months before he told her he would travel to Reno, prosecutors said.
Comments A Sacramento man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to operate a sex-trafficking ring of teenage girls in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Mahendar "Mike" Singh, 40, entered the plea Wednesday before a federal judge in Oakland, who is scheduled to sentence him in March.
According to an FBI affidavit, police who were looking for a runaway teenager found Mahendar Singh at a motel with two year-old girls and a year-old, who he claimed were his stepdaughters. He spent 15 months in federal prison on that conviction.
Michael Stephen Dahl, 49, of Sacramento, already was on federal probation for a July conviction in south Texas for a similar conviction of traveling with intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile. Helen Singh has pleaded not guilty and is free on bail, but the court docket says she is scheduled to return to court Wednesday for a possible change of plea.
Dahl now faces five to 30 years in federal prison at his July 14 sentencing. Top Picks In Shopping.
Investigators said the case took so long to prosecute because the FBI wasn't notified until September and couldn't determine the alleged victim's identity until November. He is alleged to have picked her up, forced her to engage in intercourse, then dropped her off near her home.
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The crime is punishable by up to life in prison. He pleaded guilty to traveling to Reno April, to meet the girl, who had placed a personal ad on the Qwest Telepersonal system. They told investigators that Singh sacraento them into prostitution by offering them a home, drugs and money, but later resorted to force to keep them in line, the FBI said.