(WMC-TV) -Investigators say pimp, Maurice Mabon had big plans for his future. Plans like running a brothel and starting an escort service.
Instead a federal judge sentenced him to almost 30 years on a child sex trafficking charge.
"That's the most offensive thing I could think of," a Memphis resident said.
Mabon was convicted in April for his role in advertising a 15 year-old girl for prostitution on backpage.com.
Federal prosecutors say Mabon placed ads on a website that included photographs of her in lingerie.
"I think it's just really unfortunate people are saying how the young girls 12 and up want to leave but they get scared," a Memphis resident said.
A judge sentenced Mabon to 27 years. His co-defendant, Chaunta Lewis from Moscow, Tennessee, got 54 months in prison.
Investigators say Mabon and Lewis drove the 15 year-old to an address where a person who responded to the ad lived. The plan was for the 15 year-old and Lewis to have sex with the person at the address for money.
"I don't like those people," a Memphis resident said. "Me and my friend here are very against men abusing women."
The rendezvous with the 15 year-old and Lewis never happened because a suspicious neighbor contacted the Sheriff's department.
"You really have to watch who your kids talk to who you talk to cause you never know what they are doing. That's just sad truly sad," a Memphis resident said.
Mabon was sentenced for being a felon in possession of ammunition. He will likely serve the entire 27 years because there is currently no parole in the federal system.