A Fresno man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for human trafficking, pimping and pandering an 18-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl in Orange County.
As part of a deal offered by the Superior Court in Santa Ana, Justus Isaiah Morris, 20, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to single felony counts of human trafficking, human trafficking of a minor, pimping, pimping a minor, pandering by procuring, pandering with a minor over 16 years old by procuring, and carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in public, according to Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
In addition to the prison sentence, Morris was also sentenced to mandatory lifetime sex offender registration and was ordered to have no contact with the victims, Schroeder said.
A co-defendant, 19-year-old Fresno resident Marcos Rocha, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to two felony counts of pimping, according to Schroeder, who said Rocha was also ordered to have no contact with the victims.
Prosecutors said Rocha drove Morris and the victims from Fresno to Anaheim at some point prior to Nov. 14 “with the intent to have the victims engage in commercial sex for the defendants’ benefit in areas known for prostitution in Orange County,” Schroeder said.
Anaheim police found Morris, who had advertised the services of both victims on websites known for soliciting commercial sex, along with Rocha on Nov. 14 lying in a car in a motel parking lot on Beach Boulevard.
“Further investigation revealed that Morris was in possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm and that they were staying in a room at the hotel registered to Rocha,” Schroeder said.
Officers went to the room, where they found the victims, and Morris and Rocha were subsequently arrested, she said.
–City News Service