23-year-old Dimitrise Lyghts of Lubbock was sentenced today to about 24 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in March to one count of sex trafficking of a child related to his pimping a 15-year-old girl.

In addition, at today's sentencing hearing, Judge Cummings ordered that following his custody sentence, Lyghts must serve a 10-year term of supervised release. He must also register as a lifetime sex offender.

According to documents filed in the case, in May of 2016, Lyghts contacted a 15-year-old female by phone and Facebook, suggesting that they could "hang out." On June 3rd, 2016, Lyghts and a friend picked up the female and another girl at an apartment in Lubbock. Lyghts provided drugs to her and asked if she would run an ad on Backpage so they could get a hotel room. Between June 3rd and June 7th, 2016, the female was transported and provided for several male "customers" to engage in commercial sex acts.

US Attorney John Parker said "Make no mistake, the horrific crime of trafficking young girls for sex resides in the dark underbellies of even our best communities. Together, we can get survivors the help the deserve, and ensure that traffickers who prey on the most vulnerable among us get the sentences they deserve.

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