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Tri Cities man accused of recruiting teen for prostitution

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A Tri Cities man is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Greeneville next week on charges of trying to recruit a 15-year-old into prostitution.

The case against Brockett Patrick Ian Lang was unsealed Thursday. He is charged with one count of recruiting a minor to engage in prostitution and inducing a minor to engage in prostitution by use of a means of interstate commerce, according to court documents obtained by News 5.

Magistrate Judge Clifton Corker ordered Lang to appear on the charges May 30, said a directive issued Thursday.

Lang's affidavits contains information from an FBI agent who said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to local police in August 2016 regarding a juvenile runaway advertising on the escort section of the Backpage.com webpage. Police later determined she was listed as a runaway from Johnson City.

The teen was later arrested by the Mount Carmel Police Department and released to her guardians but later ran away again after leaving her school. The girl posted another sex ad on the website and Lang had reportedly contacted her via text to set-up a meeting, the report said. The teen lied about her age in the ad by saying she was 18.

The agent also said that Lang had contacted her two weeks prior offering to become her "manager" by agreeing to drive her to appointments and collect 20 percent of her profits.

The report said an undercover officer with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arranged to meet the girl at the La Quinta Inn on Airport Parkway in Kingsport hotel on a date in September 2016 to take her into custody. The girl entered the room and was then handcuffed, the affidavit said.

The girl then admitted to Lang's involvement and he was taken into custody in the hotel parking lot.

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