The Associated Press BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Burlington man accused of recruiting Vermont girls to work as prostitutes in New York City pleaded guilty Thursday. Jose Rodriguez, 26, admitted some of the federal charges against him in a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to six federal felony offenses, including five counts of transporting teen-agers to New York for prostitution and other sexual activity. He also pleaded guilty to distributing heroin to someone under the age of 21. Six girls, ages 16 to 18, were cited in the indictment. Their identities have been ordered sealed. Most of the girls worked for Rodriguez as prostitutes and performed in a Bronx sex club, the U.S. attorney said in court Thursday. Rodriguez was originally charged with 20 counts of transporting minors to New York for prostitution. Most of those charges were dropped in the plea agreement. He was arrested in December 2000. The prostitution problem became public a year ago after a Vermont girl was found murdered in New York City. Rodriguez was not charged in that case. Rodriguez is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.

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