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Former UNLV Football Player Sentenced For Child Abuse And Pandering

Defendant Will Get Up To Five Years In Prison

August 30, 2018 - 2:15 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - No! It's not Suge Knight. His name is Richard Mapp. 

On Thursday, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that 35-year-old Richard James Mapp, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to up to five years in prison for inducing a minor child to engage in prostitution. Mapp played football as a receiver for University of Nevada Las Vegas in the early 2000s. His crimes include one count of Child Abuse, Neglect or Endangerment, a category “B” felony, and one count of Pandering, a category “C” felony. The crimes were committed between September and November 2017.

Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt sentenced Mapp to 24 to 60 months in the Nevada Department of Corrections for the crime of Child Abuse, Neglect or Endangerment, and 24-60 months for the crime of Pandering. Both counts will run concurrently with each other. Additionally, Mapp will be ordered to register as a sex offender within 48 hours of his release from prison.

“Today’s sentencing should send a message that crimes targeting and endangering our minors will not go unnoticed or unpunished,” said Laxalt. “I continue to be proud of my investigators and prosecutors who worked with their law enforcement partners to bring swift justice on this victim’s behalf.”

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Investigators assigned to the Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force investigated this case. The Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecution Unit is prosecuting this case.