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May 29, 2018

Pimp sentenced to ten years in prison for human trafficking


Booking Photo: David Williams

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – A 29-year-old pimp from San Bernardino was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in state prison for trafficking a 19-year-old victim.

David Williams pleaded guilty May 24, 2018, to three felony counts: Human Trafficking, Pimping and Pandering.

“Thanks to the great work of our county’s Human Trafficking Task Force, we were able to take another predator off the streets and provide another victim with resources to get her life back on track,” said District Attorney Mike Ramos.

According to Deputy District Attorney Cassandra Helmuth, who prosecuted the case, in Nov. 2017, investigators with the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force received information regarding a possible minor being posted in an escort advertisement in San Bernardino County. Investigators located the advertisement and contacted the listing. The victim was located and found to be an adult.

According to San Bernardino Police Department Detective Kim Hernandez, who is a member of the Task Force, Williams had been physically abusive with the victim and had deprived her of her liberty for the purpose of pimping and pandering.

The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, San Bernardino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, San Bernardino Unified School District Police, Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at clee@sbcda.org or via text at (909) 782-5559

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