An ex-con who put a 17-year-old girl and a young woman to work as prostitutes in Riverside was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and five years probation.
Richard Jeviah Graham, 34, of San Bernardino pleaded guilty last month to one count each of human trafficking and inducing a minor to engage in a commercial sex act. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped charges of pimping and pandering.
Superior Court Judge Emma Smith certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
Graham was arrested in Henderson, Nevada, in April after he was pulled over for a traffic violation and patrol officers discovered that he was a wanted fugitive.
The defendant was extradited from Clark County, Nevada, to Riverside County in June.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the department’s vice squad became aware that the victims — the 17-year-old and a 21-year-old woman, neither of whom were identified — were working out of a motel room, offering sexual services via online classified advertisements.
After detectives conducted a sting at the location and questioned the pair on April 4, they learned that Graham had arranged the illicit operation, though he couldn’t be located, Railsback said.
The case was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office, culminating in charges, and a warrant was issued for the defendant’s arrest.
According to court records, Graham has convictions in the past five years that resulted in prison time, but the offenses were not specified.
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