NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Department of Justice has arrested and charged a Metairie man with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.
According to the DOJ, 59-year-old Pascal Calogero III is accused of conspiring with others to traffic a 14-year-old girl from Metairie.
Investigators say one co-conspirator, who is only identified as J.B., recruited the 14-year-old to work for him as a prostitute and required her to give him all or most of the money she earned from prostituting.
Between May 16, 2017 and May 22, 2017, Calogero came in to contact with J.B. when he received emails and text messages containing sexually explicit images of the 12-year-old from J.B. encouraging him to arrange a date with the victim. In addition to his dates with the victim, Calogero is also accused of occasionally driving the juvenile to dates with other individuals.
On other occasions, Calogero also solicited the juvenile by sending sexually explicit pictures to adult men to arrange dates, negotiate prices and provided his residence as a location for the dates with adult men.
The Department of Justice says if Calogero is convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine up to $250,000, between five years and a lifetime of supervised release after imprisonment and a mandatory $100 special assessment.
Calogero is the son of former Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal Calogero Jr.