March 14, 2017
Man gets 30 years for forcing daughter into prostitution
A Baytown man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for forcing his teenage daughter to work for him as a prostitute, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Scott Rodney Robinson was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated compelling of prostitution.
Robinson, 46, was arrested in June 2015 following an undercover investigation by the Houston Police Department’s Vice Division and the FBI, which were part of the Houston Child Exploitation Task Force.
“The facts showed that Scott Robinson forced his own daughter into the depths of the illegal sex industry,” said JoAnne Musick, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Sex Crimes Division. “His depravity earned him decades in state prison.”
He was sentenced Monday by the 230th District Court.
The case began with an anonymous tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a father was “pimping” his 16-year-old daughter.
The tip included a link to an escort advertisement posted on backpage.com, according to court papers.
The daughter later recalled for authorities how when her father first learned she was having sex with boys, he told her that if she was going to act like a prostitute she might as well be one.
Robinson began by forcing his daughter to knock on the doors of tractor-trailer rigs parked at truck stops and offer sex for money.
The daughter said she had several customers a night and that Robinson confiscated all she made.