A Boston man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in U.S. District Court after prosecutors said that he prostituted a womanin hotels in Maine, Massachusettsand New York.

Akil J. DeCoteau, 28, asked a woman to work for him as a prostitute in January 2014, investigators said. In exchange, he promised to take care of her, providing her with food and shelter, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The woman had no place to live at that time and agreed. DeCoteau then took her to Westbrook, Maine, where he rented a room and posted an advertisement online offering sex with her for a fee, investigators said.

DeCoteau charged men between $100 and $200 to have sex with her and kept all of the money, officials said.


DeCoteau continued to prostitute the woman in hotels in Maine, Massachusetts and New York over the course of two weeks, posting ads and keeping the money in all instances.

In federal court in Boston on Wednesday, DeCoteau pleaded guilty to one count oftransportation of an individual with intent to engage in prostitution and one count of conspiracy to transport an individual for prostitution.

DeCoteau'sco-defendant, Kwamaine Wells, pleaded guilty to related charges last week and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1.

U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled DeCoteau's sentencing for Nov. 30.