HOUSTON – A convicted pimp from Houston will be serving time in a federal prison for transporting a woman across state lines to engage in prostitution.
Jerald Bland aka “Moe Betta,” 30, was sentenced to serve more than nine years behind bars. Bland pleaded guilty January 3, 2012 to taking the woman to Louisiana for commercial sex.
When handing down the sentence Thursday, U.S. Judge Nancy F. Atlas noted that Bland has some of the most incredible number of convictions she has ever seen for someone his age. She then handed him a 110-month prison term which will be followed by 10 years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Investigators with the Houston FBI Innocence Lost Task Force developed the case against Bland using ads for the victim’s services and hotel records.
Bland was arrested on March 8, 2010, during an undercover sting by HPD officers.
During that operation, officers found a camera with pictures of women in sexually provocative poses and Bland flashing money.
According to court documents, Bland took the victim to Beaumont, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
While out of town, ads were posted for sexual services online, which were discovered by investigating officers and corresponded to the dates of the hotel reservations made by Bland.
Prosecutors said several hotel employees recognized Bland and the victim, and at one location, the hotel business center was used to post online ads for prostitution.
Investigators said Bland kept all the money the woman earned by prostituting herself.