Xavier Sewell, a 23-year-old man from North Providence, was charged Tuesday with sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy.
Police said Sewell was involved in prostituting a 17-year-old Middletown girl. The teen had run away from home in May. A few days later, her mother saw her daughter's photo on a website that police say advertises for prostitution.
The mother saw the location and contacted Warwick police.
According to a police affidavit obtained by NBC 10 News, after running away from home in Middletown, the teenager stayed with a former boyfriend, Raymond Figuereo.
Two days later, on May 16, she said she was taken to a hotel near the airport by two men who are friends of Figuereo. One of them was identified as Terrence Dudley and the other as Xavier Sewell.
Police said the girl told them that Sewell took some of the photos of her and discussed how to split the money with others. She said she had sexual encounters with five separate men who paid her.
Sewell posted $2,000 bail and had no comment after court.
Police said they're looking for both Figuereo and Dudley in connection with the case, and they said they believe there may be other female victims as well.
Peg Langhammer of the victims' advocate group Day One said sadly, they often see cases like this.
"It's hardly ever anyone that's looking out for the best interest of the girl. It's someone who's exploiting her," Langhammer said.
Warwick police were able to get an arrest warrant for Sewell on June 23 after a search of his electronic devices showed photos of the teen as well as correspondence with the website she was placed on.
He was picked up in Providence for allegedly having a stolen handgun, and then turned over to Warwick police.