SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A family counselor and his uncle accused of pimping a minor face multiple felony charges filed today by San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos.
One of the alleged pimps, Daron Lamar Whitworth, 42, of San Bernardino, was taken into custody today without incident by investigators from the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. Whitworth was booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Jacory C. Williams, 30, of San Bernardino, for his role in assisting Whitworth. Also included in the complaint is Charmaine Williams, 24, of San Bernardino, who is currently in custody in Los Angeles County on unrelated charges.
All three are accused of allegedly selling sexual services via the internet and coercing one teen girl, who was 15 at the time, into prostitution.
Charges include felony counts of Human Trafficking, Pimping a Minor Under 16 Years of Age, Pandering by Procuring a Minor Under Age 16, Child Abuse, Procuring a Child to Engage in a Lewd Act, Contact and Communicating with a Minor for a Sexual Offense, multiple counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor, Corporal Injury to cohabitant, False Imprisonment by Violence, and Sodomy of a Person Under 18.
“The blatant exploitation of our children will not be tolerated in this county,” said District Attorney Michael Ramos. “I look forward to working with all of our law enforcement partners to ensure that these so-called pimps who prey upon the vulnerable are brought to justice and held accountable for their despicable actions.”
RCAHT Task Force Officers began investigating the incident in August 2012 following the arrest of a juvenile who was engaged in street prostitution in the City of Hemet.
“Early on in the criminal investigation of this case, it became apparent a significant portion of the alleged criminal acts occurred within San Bernardino County,” said Sgt. John Sawyer, supervisor of the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. “This prompted members of the RCAHT Task Force to contact and work collaboratively with our law enforcement partners in San Bernardino County.”
During the course of the investigation leading to the arrest, members of RCAHT identified Whitworth as being an employee for EMQ FamiliesFirst, a non-profit, non-governmental agency that provides mental-health, foster care and social services to young children and families in San Bernardino County.
As a Family Specialist employed with EMQ FamiliesFirst, Whitworth was responsible for providing guidance, services and support to children and their families and caregivers.
“The successful outcome we achieved in this investigation would not have been possible without the cooperation and assistance we received from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office,” said Sawyer. “This level of cooperation amongst our agencies goes to show that law enforcement is overcoming challenges and jurisdictional obstacles that human trafficking cases can present.”
Investigators believe there may be more victims related to this case. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Sgt. John Sawyer at (951) 544-7000.
“I refuse to stand by and allow our children, or anybody for that matter, to be sold for sex and someone else’s pleasure,” said Ramos. “This is a war as far as I am concerned, so pimps beware.”
Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.