Man sentenced for helping mom use daughter as prostitute

A man accused of helping a woman use her daughter as a prostitute was sentenced Monday, July 21, to one year in prison.

Under the sentence handed down by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge A.J. Wagner, Michael Melvin will also be on post-release control for five years after his year in prison is finished.

Melvin, 41, pleaded guilty to compelling prostitution of a minor on July 3. Wagner told him Monday that he will be labeled as a Tier 2 sex offender, meaning he will have to register with the sheriff's office every 180 days and not live near a school or day care center.

Melvin was charged along with Rachel White, also known as Rachel Lakes. She faces a felony count of compelling prostitution and a misdemeanor count of endangering children. Her trial had been scheduled for July 11, but will be rescheduled for a later date.

White, 39, had been charged with cocaine possession earlier this year, but was placed in treatment in lieu of conviction. Wagner recently revoked that probation and sentenced her to 12 months in prison.

According to the sheriff's office, vice officers working in Harrison Twp. got tips that a woman was using her minor daughter in prostitution at hotels. Undercover officers went to a hotel on North Dixie Drive at East Siebenthaler Avenue on April 21 and arrested Melvin and White.

White's daughter was placed in the custody of the Children Services Division of Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services.

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