A Sacramento man faces four felony sex crimes charges following his arrest in Camarillo.
Authorities in Ventura County received information from a Sacramento-area police detective retarding a possible human trafficking victim in Ventura County. Ventura authorities located the 14-year-old victim and two other females at a Camarillo hotel. Police searched the hotel room and talked to the women. After interviewing them, authorities concluded that a Sacramento man, who was not present, was trafficking them.
Ventura County detectives also learned that the suspect may be in the company of two other women. They later found the man and one of the women as they prepared to check into a Manhattan Beach hotel. Officers arrested the man and booked him into the Ventura County Jail. The other female, a 16-year old, was located in Sacramento.
Authorities charged James Powell, 31, of Sacramento, with two counts of human trafficking. They also charged him with two counts of inducing a minor to engage in commercial sex acts. A judge set Powell’s bail at $510,000. He will return to court on April 25 on matters related to the case.
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Sex crimes convictions can damage you for life. Sex-related human trafficking is a felony, and can put you in prison for up to 20 years. In addition, a judge can impose a fine of $500,000. In California, a sex-related human trafficking conviction also requires you to register as a sex offender. Sex offender registration follows you, usually for life. No matter where you live upon your release, you’ll be required to register. This can impact your ability to get a job or find a place to live. In addition, sex offender status comes with onerous personal conduct regulations that you must adhere to. Failure to uphold registration requirements can put you back in prison.
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