‘Gorgeous Black’ sentenced to 30 years in prison for pimping runaway teen

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A Houston pimp known as “Gorgeous Black” was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for forcing a teenage runaway into prostitution. 

Ronald Block, a 44-year-old registered sex offender, pleaded guilty to compelling prostitution in an agreement that helped him avoid a possible life sentence if he’d taken the case to trial. 

“Jurors have little mercy for pimps,” JoAnne Musick, head of the Sex Crimes Division at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement Monday. 

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Block managed four prostitutes – including the 17-year-old runaway – from March to May of 2015. 

Days after sneaking out of her Houston home, the girl befriended another woman working for Block. 

Block then drugged her, had sex with her and ordered her to work for him. He snapped suggestive photos of her and posted racy ads on Backpage. 

“Good service is not cheap and cheap service is not good,” read one ad.

“I prefer mature, hardworking gentlemen. No cheap guys or young thugs,” read another.

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The women charged $60 to $200 per sex act, and turned over all the money to Block, who covered their living expenses. Story continues below


Block was arrested in 2015 and has been held without bail in the Harris County jail ever since. 

Previously, he’d been convicted of felony robbery in Galveston in 1994. Four years later, he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child. 

“We are coming after those who run the illegal sex industry in Harris County,” Musick said Monday.  “They can expect stiffer charges and longer sentences.”

Block’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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