A 31-year-old San Bernardino man has been convicted of pimping a 13-year-old girl in Santa Ana and having sex with the teen.
John Wayne Calhoun was convicted in Orange County of two counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14, human trafficking a minor, pimping a minor younger than 16, pandering with a minor younger than 16, oral copulation of a child younger than 14 and statutory rape, all felonies.
Defense attorney Rob Harley accused police of jumping to conclusions in the case because his client is black and the victim is white. The girl, who initially denied Calhoun was her pimp, said the only reason police went after him was because of his race, Harley said.
Even though only 2.1 percent of the Orange County population is black, an investigator testified during the trial that more than 50 percent of the defendants in human trafficking and pimping cases are black, Harley said.
“Everything they developed thereafter in the case was to fit that narrative” of a black pimp trafficking a white girl, the defense attorney said. “They didn’t look any further for evidence contradicting that narrative, which I think is a false narrative.”
Jurors, who began deliberating Thursday afternoon before handing down the verdict Monday, also found true a sentencing enhancement allegation of human trafficking by force or fear.
Calhoun, who is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 8, faces up to 24 years and four months to life in prison.
Calhoun also physically assaulted the girl multiple times, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Harley argued that his client only “aided and abetted” prostitution, but said the victim was lying about the other allegations.
The girl told authorities that her father molested her, but the father denied the allegation during the trial, Harley said.
–City News Service
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