PITTSBURGH – A former state prison inmate must now spend 10 years in federal prison for sex-trafficking two teens with the help of his girlfriend, whom he met when she was a guard at the western Pennsylvania prison where he served his previous sentence.

Thirty-three-year-old Rasul Abernathy, who last lived in Coatesville, near Philadelphia, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

He pleaded guilty in September to forcing a 16-year-old runaway girl and a 17-year-old boy the couple met online to sell themselves for sex.

Abernathy and 34-year-old Poshauntamarin Walker were living near Pittsburgh when the crimes occurred. She pleaded guilty in October and, like Abernathy, faces an agreed-upon 10-year prison term when she returns for sentencing Feb. 11.

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