Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 17CF3297

Date: December 29, 2017

TWO LOS ANGELES MEN CHARGED WITH PIMPING AND PANDERING 15-YEAR-OLD RUNAWAY GIRL IN ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two men from Los Angeles County were charged today with pimping and pandering a 15-year-old runaway girl in Orange County.

Defendant: Brandon Lamar Aaron, 29, Hawthorne

Felony Charges:

  • Human trafficking of a minor
  • Pandering of a minor
  • Attempted pimping of a minor
  • Sentencing Enhancements: Crime-bail-crime

Maximum Sentence: 14 years in state prison

Pre-trial hearing: Jan. 9, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Defendant: Jermey Erin Frierson, 26, Inglewood

Felony Charges:

  • Human trafficking of a minor
  • Pandering of a minor
  • Sentencing Enhancements:
    • Prior strike convictions for attempted robberies in 2014 in Los Angeles county
    • Prior conviction for grand theft in 2012 in Los Angeles county

Maximum Sentence: 27 years to life in state prison

Pre-trial hearing: Jan. 9, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

On Dec. 26 2017, Aaron, who was out of custody on $100,000 bail while facing charges of sex trafficking a minor in Las Vegas from 2015, and Frierson, a parolee with two prior strike convictions, are accused of meeting 15-year-old Jane Doe and trafficking the victim in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County.
The defendants are accused keeping the money the victim received from engaging in commercial sex acts with sex purchasers.
At approximately 2:50 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2017, a Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) patrol officer contacted Jane Doe, who appeared to be a minor, in an area known for prostitution and human trafficking.
Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), who investigated this case, responded to the scene.
OCHTTF officers contacted Aaron and Frierson, who are accused of possessing evidence consistent with pimping and pandering.
Members of the OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. OCHTTF is a partnership between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Costa Mesa Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Irvine Police Department, Newport Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, SAPD, and community and non-profit partners.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Kelly Manley, HEAT Unit.

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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

By Editor

Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

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