North Chicago Sex Trafficker Sentenced

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO, Ill.) — A federal judge has sentenced a North Chicago man to 27 and a half years in prison for attempting to transport a minor to Wisconsin to engage in prostitution.

Prosecutors say Deronarte Norwood, 32, of North Chicago, physically and emotionally harmed the 15-year-old girl after meeting her in 2015. He exploited the girl in graphic online advertisements offering commercial sex, and then sent her to have sex with strangers. Officials say Norwood pocketed all of the money she made.

Norwood was arrested in October 2016 in Waukegan, and he has remained in custody since then. A federal jury in Chicago last year convicted him of attempting to transport a minor to Wisconsin from Illinois to engage in prostitution. U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman imposed the 330-month sentence Thursday in federal court.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual exploitation, you are encouraged to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by logging on to or by calling 1-800-843-5678. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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