A man accused of forcing a teenage girl into prostitution will spend seven years behind bars.
Trevor Baker learned his sentence Friday.
In addition to nearly a decade in prison for pimping a child, Baker will have to register as a sex offender for 20 years. He'll have five years on parole after he gets out of prison.
Baker, 20, was originally arrested May of last year at the Travel Lodge Motel at 2625 Ore Mill Road in Colorado Springs after he was found in the parking lot sitting with the 16-year-old victim.
According to the arrest affidavit, Baker said he and the teen became fast friends after they met, one month prior to his arrest. He told police he brought up the idea of prostitution as a way to make money, and that the victim wanted to pursue it. He claimed they had agreed to split the money, and even worked on an ad together.
The victim's mother told 11 News that her daughter was forced into prostitution, and that Baker pimped her out at various motels. The victim herself wrote a letter that was read in court Friday stating that she has PTSD from the incident.
Baker's lawyer argued Friday that Baker thought the victim was 18 when he met her. Baker himself, appearing to fight back tears, said he never got a chance to tell his side of the story.
"Why do I and my family have to suffer?" he asked in court according to our reporter who was present at the sentencing. "We both messed up."
The victim's mother, fighting for the full 12-year maximum sentence Baker was eligible for, dismissed Baker's tears as "crocodile tears."
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