Booking Photo: Jeremiah Banks
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. –
A 34-year-old pimp from Hemet was sentenced Thursday to 30 years
to life in prison for trafficking a 15-year-old girl in San Bernardino.
Jeremiah Banks was convicted in Dec. 2017 of one count of Human
Trafficking of a Minor for a Sex Act by Force, one count of Pimping a Minor
Under 16 Years of Age and one count of Pandering By Procuring a Minor Under Age
Aug. 2014, the defendant befriended the victim—referred to as Jane Doe for
confidentiality reasons—and invited her to his apartment to hang out, to which
she agreed. After being given beer and marijuana, the defendant, who was 30
years old at the time, took Jane Doe to the bedroom where they had sex.
who also goes by the name “Penguin,” later told Jane Doe that he was a pimp,
and started talking to her about prostituting for him.
a few days, the defendant drove Jane Doe to his sister’s apartment in San Bernardino.
He gave her a cell phone and directed her to take provocative images of
herself. Jane Doe complied, and those images were used in online prostitution
advertisements posted on Backpage.com.
from the San Bernardino Police Department found the advertisements of Jane Doe
on Backpage.com posted in July 2014.
to Deputy District Attorney Tamara Ross, who prosecuted the case, Jane Doe
testified that the defendant taught her how to create prostitution ads herself,
directed her on how to speak to potential customers and what to charge, drove
her to meet customers, and directed her to give him all of her earnings, which
victim testified that the defendant could quickly become violent,” said Ross. “He
hit her with his fist and a belt whenever she ‘messed up a date.’ The violence
occurred almost every other day.”