NEWPORT NEWS Ujima Crudup, 37, of Hampton was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for producing videos of himself and other men engaging in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl.
Crudup pled guilty to conspiring to produce child pornography on Aug. 16th. According to court records, Crudup and a co-conspirator, Roberto Antoine Darden, 26, of Hampton, met females using the Internet and over the phone and had them work as prostitutes.
One of the females was a 13-year-old girl, whom Crudup and his co-conspirator Darden supplied with alcohol and then videotaped engaging in violent sexually explicit sex with multiple men. A search warrant was executed on Crudup's Hampton home and numerous computers and computer media were seized.
A forensic evaluation revealed numerous videos of the victim. Darden pled guilty on Wednesday, and will be sentenced on March 29th.
According to the indictment, Darden and Crudup obtained money in exchange for sex acts performed by the 13 year old girl. The defendants transported the victim to hotels in Hampton Roads in order to engage in prostitution and provided alcohol and illegal drugs to her. They then videotaped the victim engaged in sex acts and used the videotape to coerce her into signing a contract explaining the requirements of being a prostitute and working for the defendants.
The defendants made fliers and posted additional advertisements on the Internet. The victim was provided a cell phone with which to communicate with prostitution customers.
Roberto Darden was an aspiring rapper who went by the nickname Dizz-E. But when he wasn't working on his first album, he and Crudup were reportedly dealing in prostitution.
The case came about when Darden's ex-girlfriend turned him in and when the 13-year old girl reported she had been raped.
The alleged victim told investigators she met Darden online.
According to a court document, Darden convinced her to work as an escort by telling her she could make a lot of cash. The girl worked four or five weekends and had sex with 10 or 11 men each weekend.