Man accused of sex trafficking minor in Virginia Beach federally indicted

Joshua Manuel Treat, of the 2900 block of Lyme Regis Way, is charged with forcing a 14-year-old girl to prostitute herself on international classified website, Backpage, in October and November. He is also accused of taking a pornographic picture of himself and the girl. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Manuel Treat, of the 2900 block of Lyme Regis Way, is charged with forcing a 14-year-old girl to prostitute herself on international classified website, Backpage, in October and November. He is also accused of taking a pornographic picture of himself and the girl. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

A 20-year-old man is accused of pimping out an underaged girl online in Virginia Beach was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday.

Joshua Manuel Treat, of the 2900 block of Lyme Regis Way, is charged with sex trafficking of children; two counts of use of interstate commerce in furtherance of prostitution; three counts of possession of child pornography; four counts of distribution of narcotics to a person under twenty one; and forfeiture.

The 14-year-old girl told police Treat set her up for prostitution appointments, in which she would either have sex with or rob the clients. She was usually high during these appointments, often on heroin that Treat injected into her.

Treat was arrested on Oct. 12, after an undercover Virginia Beach Police Department detective set up an appointment to meet Treat at a hotel. The detective offered to pay Treat $250 to watch him have sex with the underaged girl, according to documents filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.