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Pierce County man pleads guilty to pimping, child rape

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A Pierce County man accused of pimping and raping underage girls has pleaded guilty in Kitsap Superior Court.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Ricky Lee Grundy Jr. entered his pleas Monday to human trafficking, promoting sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of child rape.

The victims were 14 and 15 years old. Sentencing was set for Sept. 25.

Prosecutors say it’s the most serious human trafficking case they’ve handled.

Grundy kept rooms at hotels in Tacoma and Bremerton. Court documents say the girls were assaulted if they disobeyed Grundy.

Prosecutors say the girls were runaways, and Grundy, a meth dealer, would provide them with the drug.