Montgomery County Police have charged two men, one who claims to be a Prince George’s County school bus driver, in connection with a sex trafficking ring involving a 16-year-old girl.
Raleigh McClam, 36, of Upper Marlboro, and Saivon Sharpe, 22, of Oxon Hill, are each facing multiple criminal counts of human trafficking and sex abuse of a minor.
McClam was employed by Prince George’s County Public System as a bus driver from June 2015 until February 2016, according to the school system.
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. 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.
Throughout the month of December, Sharpe allegedly took the teenage girl to five hotels across the D.C. metro area, including the Red Roof Inn Plus along Shady Grove Road in Rockville. While at the Red Roof Inn, police say Sharpe introduced the girl to his manager (Raleigh McClam), who went by the nickname “Lee.” McClam allegedly convinced the 16-year-old to have sex with him, claiming it was a quality control test. The girl complied.
According to Montgomery County District Court records, McClam works as a Prince George’s County Public Schools bus driver, earning $19 an hour. McClam told courthouse staff he’s held the job for around one year.
ABC7 News contacted Prince George’s County Public Schools Wednesday afternoon, inquiring about McClam’s employment claims. As of 6 a.m. Thursday, the school system had not provided an exact answer, citing a delay in connecting with its human resources department.
Upon further investigation, detectives located two ads on the escort section of Backpage.com; both reportedly created with an email account belonging to McClam. Additionally, the Red Roof Inn Plus motel confirmed McClam and Sharpe rented two rooms on the night of December 29, 2015.
McClam, who is married with three children, bonded out of jail on February 18. He will appear in Montgomery County District Court on March 11 at 10 a.m. for a preliminary hearing. He faces up to 175 years in prison.