ROCKVILLE, Md. – Prince George’s County bus driver Raleigh McClam was arrested last month for pimping a 16-year-old girl and now faces up to 175 years in prison.
McClam, 36, worked as a bus driver with Prince George’s County School System between June 2015 and February 2016 as he moonlighted as the pimp of a 16-year-old girl with the help of 22-year-old accomplice Saivon Sharpe, police told WJLA.
“Detectives say around Christmas 2015, Sharpe met the teen and offered her a prostitution gig that could generate pay of up to $750 per night,” according to the news site. “Upon accepting the proposal, Sharpe allegedly provided the girl with prostitution coaching, a cell phone and a strict billing schedule: $80 for 15 minutes, $180 for 30 minutes, and $350-400 for two hours.”
The “coaching” apparently included a trial run with McClam, Sharpe’s boss, who told the girl it was a quality control test, police said.
Police contend Sharpe and McClam took the girl to five hotels to meet clients before the girl called police from the Red Roof Inn Dec. 29 to report that she was a prostitute afraid of her pimp. Officers responded and allegedly found Sharpe trying to gain entry to her room, WUSA reports.
The girl told police that Sharpe had a habit of flashing his handgun when he escorted her to hotels.
Detectives eventually located ads for escort services placed by McClam on Backpage.com and set up a sting operation through conversations with him on Facebook. Investigators also confirmed the duo had rented rooms for prostitution at the Red Roof Inn the night the teen called police, according to the Bowie Patch.
McClam and Sharpe were arrested Feb. 26 on numerous charges of human trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor. Sharpe faces an additional charge of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
McClam told Montgomery County District Court staff he earns $19 an hour as a bus driver for Prince George’s County Public Schools, where he’s worked for about a year, Fox 5 reports.
School officials have refused to confirm his employment status.
McClam, who is married with three children, was released from jail on a $100,000 bond, while Sharpe remains behind bars without bond, according to NBC Washington.
Parents and school employees sounded off about the incident on Facebook.
“I am a PG County school bus driver, please don’t insult us all over this,” Donna Hayes-Wester posted. “And the one with the tatts on his face (Sharpe) was NOT a driver. Only the slopping looking one.”
“Who the hell would put their child on a bus with either one of these two driving?” Anna Sullivan Warren added. “With any luck they both will get raped in jail and get a deadly disease.”
“Who the hell is in Human Resources? Must be a relative to hire this,” Debra Pope posted. “I don’t normally go by looks, but … even your pubes should be standing on end when you see this applying for a job.”
“PG has some issues in their hiring practices, I’d say,” Randy Yeiser wrote.