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Baltimore businessman charged after taking woman from Maryland to Florida, paying for sex, feds say

A Baltimore financier has been charged with transporting a woman across state lines with the intent that she engage in prostitution, federal investigators say.

Charles “Chuck” Nabit, who owns the Westport Group LLC and Baltimore restaurants, was charged Friday by the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office after he allegedly paid a woman for sex and took her from Maryland to south Florida around July 29 in 2019.

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Nabit, 64, was arrested last year and charged with allegedly promoting a sex-trafficking business online and with his phone, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint also alleged he spent $90,000 on the sex-trafficking business, paying to bring women to his downtown office, his car and other Baltimore locations for sex.

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The case against Nabit stems from charges against an alleged trafficker, Deangelo Johnson, who was indicted in October 2019 after an investigation that began in Howard County. Charges against Johnson, to which he has pleaded not guilty, say he used “force, fraud and coercion” and took “half or all” of the money victims working for him had earned.

Nabit used a cash app to pay Johnson directly for sex acts, the criminal complaint alleges, and investigators documented 52 payments that began in March 2019.

In a statement provided by his attorney Steve Allen, Nabit expressed “remorse” and said he is “fully responsible for my behavior.”

He added he was receiving therapeutic treatment.

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If convicted, Nabit faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for transporting an individual to engage in prostitution.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.

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