Man gets 4 years for pimping out girl, 17, at Bellingham motel

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 2, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - A Seattle man pleaded guilty Thursday, May 2, to pimping out a 17-year-old girl at a Bellingham motel.

Police caught Byron Avery Quarrles Jr., 27, in a prostitution sting in April 2012, when officers responded to an ad on Backpage.com, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

During a brief email exchange, the teenage girl offered sex to an undercover Bellingham police detective for $100. The detective drove to a motel off of Samish Way to meet her. On his walk to the room he spotted a man, later identified as Quarrles, sitting in a parked green Chevy Suburban, facing the building.

The detective knocked on the door of Room 216. He made small talk with the girl, while she made overt sexual advances. Then her phone started ringing again and again, an apparent effort by Quarrles to warn her of the team of police about to swarm the room, according to the charges.

As they detained the girl, officers saw Quarrles, holding his cell phone to his ear, slowly driving to another parking lot. Police pulled him over.

From the girl's phone, officers dialed the most recent number, listed under the name "Gulley Boy." Quarrles' phone rang, and the screen lit up with a pet name for the girl.

It took two hours, and digging through a fingerprint database, for officers to figure out the girl's true identity.

Condoms, hundreds of dollars in cash and a pair of men's pants were found in the room.

A motel clerk recalled Quarrles had rented the room - for two. And a guest check-in card listed the license plate for his Chevy. Receipts from the motel showed Quarrles had rented rooms off and on for six weeks.

Quarrles pleaded guilty this week to second-degree promoting prostitution and bail jumping. He had felonies on his record for drug crimes.

Superior Court Judge Chuck Snyder sentenced him to four years behind bars.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his dispatcher blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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