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An accused golf club-wielding pimp was behind bars Thursday on charges of pimping a 23-year-old woman he was living with in Santa Ana, prosecutors said

Juan Carlos Giraldo, 51, of Van Nuys, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a count of attempted pimping, a count of pandering and a count of possession of a prohibited weapon, all felonies. Giraldo, who listed his occupation in jail records as a delivery man and was being held on $35,000 bail, was ordered to return to court next Thursday for a pretrial hearing.

When Santa Ana police arrested Giraldo, the alleged victim was in his car with him, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The two were in an area known for a high volume of prostitution, prosecutors said.

Giraldo had a golf club on him that investigators suspect was used for “protection,” prosecutors said.

If convicted at trial, the defendant could face up to six years in prison.

—City News Service

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