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Former Laurel man pleads guilty to prostituting three women

Robert Carl Diienno, 32, formerly of Laurel, pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to three counts of enticement to travel in interstate commerce for the purposes of prostitution.

According to the plea agreement in the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Diienno acted as a pimp for three victims at various times between November 2016 and June 2017. Diienno prostituted the three adult women in multiple states, trafficking them in an enterprise that included travel between Maryland and Washington, D.C., Virginia, Florida and South Carolina in order to service “dates.” The victims provided any money earned from the commercial sex to Diienno.

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Diienno and the victims resided at a residence in Laurel, which was used as a group home and the base of the enterprise. Law enforcement recovered documents titled, “ho Training Manual,” “ho Rules” and “Pimp/ho Contract” in the residence and on Diienno’s laptop.

On June 1, 2017, the Laurel Police Department responded to a call for a disturbance at the residence. Two of the victims were found hiding in a nearby treeline and reported that Diienno had assaulted one of them when she refused to walk the streets. Diienno was arrested.

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During the subsequent investigation, two firearms belonging to Diienno were recovered from the Laurel residence.

As part of his plea agreement, Diienno must register as a sex offender. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for each of the three counts of enticement to travel to engage in prostitution. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 8.

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