A Fort Lewis sergeant is now charged with pimping two underage girls in Pierce County.

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TACOMA, Wash. — A Fort Lewis sergeant is now charged with pimping two underage girls in Pierce County.

Sgt. Sterling Terrance Hospedales is charged with two first-degree counts of promoting prostitution. Charging papers indicate the girls were 16 and 17-years-old.

The girls came to the attention of the Innocence Lost Task force, a federal task force that focuses on juveniles involved in prostitution. Prosecutors say officers found ads for the girls on Craigslist. Records also showed the girls were listed as missing persons.

Undercover officers set up a date with the 17-year-old, prosecutors say. When the officers arrived to meet her at a McDonald’s, the 16-year-old was with her. Both girls were detained and allegedly admitted Sgt. Hospedales was their pimp. They say he took naked pictures of them and posted them on the Internet.

The girls said Hospedales had them host their dates on an air mattress in the living room of his apartment, the documents read. They say he kept the money they earned from the dates and that he knew they were under 18.

Officers also looked at the girls’ cell phones and allegedly found several threatening messages from Hospedales.

Lakewood police arrested Hospedales as he was leaving his apartment Wednesday. He was allegedly carrying an envelope with $882 and the 16-year-old girl’s birth certificate. Police say he told them he thought the girls ran off with another pimp, so he took the money out of the safe so they couldn’t steal it from him.

“This is a very disturbing allegation and we will cooperate fully with Lakewood police and FBI,” said Fort Lewis spokesman Joe Piek. “We expect our soldiers to be model citizens this type of activity is contrary to our army values.”

Prosecutors say Hospedales could also face federal charges.

Hospedales is married and is originally from Florida.

This is the latest public relations black eye for the Army base this year. In February, 16-year-old Leah King was found dead at the Fort Lewis barracks from an apparent drug overdose. Pvt. Timothy E. Bennitt is now facing involuntary manslaughter and drug charges.

Three Fort Lewis soldiers are accused in a recent string of violent robberies in Seattle’s University District. And in March, two Fort Lewis soldiers were arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in the back outside an Olympia bar.