Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
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A state appeals court panel Wednesday upheld the conviction of a man who lured a 16-year-old girl from Oakland to work as a prostitute in Los Angeles and two other counties.

A three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Rufus McNeely’s claim that there were errors in his Los Angeles Superior Court trial.

The Oakland resident was found guilty in July 2014 of human trafficking of a minor for a sex act and pandering by procuring a minor over 16, as well as pimping another victim, a woman, in El Monte in 2012.

He is serving a 23-year-to-life term in state prison.

McNeely met the teenager in September 2013 and had her work as a prostitute in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties as they drove through California, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Michael Matoba said.

The girl called police and McNeely was arrested in October 2013 following a sting operation involving several law enforcement agencies.

The case stemmed from an investigation by the Claremont and El Monte police departments, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

— Wire reports 

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