UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Two Maryland men are facing charges of human trafficking and sex abuse of a minor in connection with a sex trafficking ring involving a 16-year-old girl.
Raleigh McClam, 36, of Upper Marlboro, and Saivon Sharpe, 22, of Oxon Hill, are accused of taking the teenage girl to hotels across the Washington area for the purpose of prostitution, according to court documents.
Montgomery County police said they first became aware of this just after Christmas when they got a 911 call from the teenage victim.
Police say Sharpe approached the victim and asked her if she wanted to work for him. He told her that she would receive money for having sexual intercourse with men. McClam then received phone calls from men who wanted to have sex with the victim, gave the victim instructions on how to accept money and provided her with a phone.
The victim says McClam had intercourse with her prior to having her engage in prostitution with the other males. She also said, when she, McClam and Sharpe were at hotels, Sharpe was in possession of a handgun and displayed it on several occasions.
Authorities say McClam was Sharpe's manager in the ring. Investigators located ads in an escort section of a classified advertising website that were determined to have been placed on the website by McClam.
Montgomery County District Court records indicate that McClam works as a Prince George's County Public Schools bus driver. The suspect told courthouse staff he's held the job for about a year.
"Certainly that is part of the investigation, but at this time, there is no known connection between the victim and either of these suspects' occupations," said Montgomery County Police Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti.
We reached out to Prince George's County Public Schools and they would not confirm if McClam worked as a bus driver for the school system. A spokesperson told us it is not their policy to discuss any individual student, employee or family member, but they do conduct rigorous background checks.
Police said they are looking into the possibility of more victims.
Sharpe is being held without bond and remains in the custody of the Montgomery County correctional system. McClam was released on a $100,000 bond.