A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to human trafficking in connection with the pimping of a woman in Orange County and was immediately placed on five years of formal probation.
Muhammed Taha El Anfassi could face up to 13 years and four months in prison if he is found in violation of probation.
Anfassi avoided more serious charges in the plea deal, according to court records. Charges of sexual penetration by a foreign object, attempted forcible rape, and pandering, as well as a count of human trafficking, were dismissed, according to court records.
Anfassi admitted attempted pimping, human trafficking and conspiracy to commit pimping, according to court records.
When Anfassi was charged in May 2015, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office reported he could have faced up to 24 years in prison if convicted at trial.
Anfassi pimped a 19-year-old woman he met in Los Angeles County, according to prosecutors.
When charges were filed in 2015, prosecutors alleged that when she refused to work as a prostitute in May 2014 that he forced her onto a motel bed, tried to strangle her and attempted to simulate sex with her before sexually assaulting her with his fingers twice.
—City News Service
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