Texas teens will be tried as juveniles in prostitution case

FORT WORTH — The cases against three of four teenagers accused of forcing runaway girls into prostitution will remain in the juvenile court system, an attorney involved in the case said. The fourth was certified as an adult.

The rulings came after a seven-day hearing that offered glimpses into a troubling world of teenage sex, drugs and partying in south and east Fort Worth.

The suspects, three of whom are now 17 and one who is 16, face charges ranging from sexual assault to human trafficking and forced prostitution. Prosecutors Tim Bednarz and Riley Shaw had sought to have them certified as adults.

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