Austell man accused of pimping teen

An Austell man was accused in federal court Wednesday of pimping a teenage girl.

Chesire Martinez Robinson, 28, was arraigned on federal charges of conspiracy, trafficking of a minor for sex and transporting a minor between states for prostitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta.

Robinson, whom prosecutors are calling "Candyman," is accused of bringing a 16-year-old girl to Atlanta from South Carolina to use her as a prostitute. He was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill after an investigation by the FBI's Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force.

A statement released by U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says Robinson knew the girl was a minor, yet he sold her sexual services last summer and fall at an Atlanta-area truck stop and hotels. Robinson also placed photos of the girl in escort and erotic services Web sites, according to Yates. When the girl refused to prostitute herself, Robinson beat her, Yates said.

Investigators found a 9 mm pistol during a search of Robinson's apartment in October, according to Yates.

Robinson, who was previously convicted of armed robbery in Cobb County, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, also was charged with possession of a firearm.

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