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BOISE A Tacoma, Washington man pleaded guilty in federal court today to obstructing a sex trafficking of children investigation.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson says 20-year-old Dyrell Robert Swinson faces up to 20 years when he is sentenced on Jan. 29, 2013.

On March 8, 2012, police observed suspicious behavior by the occupants of a vehicle eastbound on Interstate 84 in Payette County. A state trooper questioned Swinson and a young female at a rest area.

Swinson was arrested for having a suspended Washington driver s license. His female passenger could not provide any identification. It was later learned she was 15 years old and a runaway who disappeared on Nov. 22, 2011.

Swinson was booked into the Payette County Jail. While in jail he made several phone calls requesting other parties alter or delete electronic records. Those calls were recorded.

Investigators learned that Swinson had posted several provocative photos of the 15-year-old girl on Internet advertisement websites with phone numbers for customers to call. Swinson admitted he tried to get others to alter, eliminate or destroy evidence of sexual trafficking of a minor.

Sex trafficking victimizes vulnerable teens, often forcing them into a desperate lifestyle so that others may profit, said Olson. Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in Idaho are working together to identify and rescue these victims and to ensure that the traffickers are punished.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Idaho State Police, and the Payette County Sheriff s Office.

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