US Attorney: Charleston man, 65, indicted on sex trafficking charges

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Charleston man was indicted in federal court Thursday on charges he trafficked children for sex, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles reports that 65-year-old Booker T. Vanderhorst, of Charleston, was indicted on one count each of sex trafficking of children and using interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity.

Vanderhorst was also indicted on a firearms charge, Nettles said.

According to the indictment, between July and October of last year, Vanderhorst allegedly prostituted a girl he knew was under the age of 18.

He was arrested Thursday by ICE and Homeland Security officers.

The sex trafficking charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, but he could face life in prison, if he is convicted. The other two charges carry an additional 15 year sentence.

A State Law Enforcement Division background check shows that Vanderhorst was arrested in 2010 for soliciting sex from a prostitute. He was also charged with breaking into a railroad car in 1973.