MAYS LANDING — A Pleasantville man faces up to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to prostitution and weapons charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Thursday.

Henry Lovest, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to promoting prostitution and certain persons not to possess a firearm, Tyner said in a statement.

The prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force said Lovest forced women to engage in prostitution using violent threats or for drugs. The Prosecutor’s Office also said Lovest forced the women to give him all the money they made from prostitution.

Lovest will have to serve at least five years of a possible seven-year sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for March 8.

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