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Former shelter worker gets 32 years in prison

Posted at 4:22 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 16:22:49-05

MIAMI (AP) — A former staff member at the Florida Keys Children's Shelter has been sentenced to nearly 32 years in federal prison for selling two underage girls for sex.

A U.S. Attorney's Office news release says 29-year-old Ricky Jermaine Atkins was sentenced Wednesday.

A jury convicted him in October of multiple sex trafficking charges. Prosecutors say Atkins took two girls, ages 15 and 16, from the Tavernier facility to a Cutler Bay hotel in August 2014.

He left them with 24-year-old Sandra Simon, who prosecutors say supervised the girls' prostitution.

Simon pleaded guilty in November to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.