Aug 6, 2015 5:16 PM
Manchester man sentenced in prostitution case involving a minor
MANCHESTER - A local man convicted of hiding a minor from state authorities and involving her in prostitution and drug use has been sentenced to prison for up to 14 years.
According to the Hillsborough County prosecutors, the minor had run away from a placement made by child welfare officials. Michael Messina, 55, was found guilty by a jury of failing to report that she was living with him or that she was engaging in prostitution and drug use with other individuals in the home.
The crimes occurred in Manchester between December 1, 2013 and January 16, 2014. Two co-defendants have already been sentenced in the case.
Judge Kenneth Brown adopted the state’s recommendation and sentenced Messina to two consecutive 3 ½- to 7-year prison sentences with three additional 12-month sentences suspended on the condition of good behavior and compliance with all terms of the sentences.