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Atlanta pimp convicted, sentenced to life

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ATLANTA -- Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Amanda Lee sentenced local pimp, David Pepe to life in prison on Monday following his conviction.

According to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announced a conviction by jury trial in the pimping case against Pepe, 30.

Jurors returned guilty verdicts on Monday on charges of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Pimping, Aggravated Child Molestation, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

The charges against Pepe are in connection with his sexual abuse of a 14-year-old runaway girl. Pepe first met the girl in April of 2009 when he offered her a ride. Within three days after meeting her, he began prostituting the girl and having sex with her himself.

He took the victim around Metro Atlanta to pick up dates, including Fulton Industrial Boulevard and South Fulton County.

The District Attorney's Office said the victim gave Pepe half of the money she made at first, then Pepe began demanding all of her profits.

Soon after, the victim sent text messages to her mother that were forwarded to law enforcement, who rescued the minor.

Forensic interviews were conducted, resulting in warrants sworn out for Pepe's arrest. He was apprehended by police during a traffic stop in Cobb County.

This is the first case of a prosecution by the District Attorney's new Human Trafficking Unit, according to Fulton County.

The new Human Trafficking Unit was funded by a 2011 grant from the United States Justice Department. The unit is a subsidiary of the Crimes Against Women and Children Unit that exclusively focuses on child exploitation with emphasis on human trafficking.

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