Former Baltimore cop sentenced in prostitution ring

A former Baltimore cop will go to prison for 21 months for prostituting his 19-year-old wife and another teen.

A former Baltimore police officer was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in prison and two years of subsequent supervision for prostituting his 19-year-old wife and another teen, prosecutors said.

Lamin Manneh, 33, posted more than 50 online prostitution advertisements, rented an apartment and hotel rooms for more than 300 customers, drove the women to the locations and waited outside with his police-issued gun, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland said.

Manneh also gave the women synthetic marijuana and taught them to use voice over internet phone services to communicate with prospective clients, prosecutors said. He also texted them while they were with clients and agreed to interrupt sex acts if the clients were aggressive or non-compliant, prosecutors said.

He collected all of his wife's earnings and a portion of the other woman's earnings, prosecutors said.

He is charged with traveling across state lines and using a telephone and internet to operate a prostitution business.

A public defender who is representing Manneh declined to comment Thursday evening.

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