An adult prostitute arrested in Garden Grove in March was convicted Thursday of recruiting and sex trafficking a 14-year-old-girl into prostitution in the first Orange County case of human trafficking of a minor under Proposition 35.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Cierra Melissa Robinson, 28, faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison at her sentencing, set for Aug. 23 in Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center.
Co-defendant Chuncey Tarae Garcia, 33, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor by force or fear, pimping a minor and forceable rape. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 28 years to life in state prison.
Authorities allege that Garcia has been a procurer of prostitutes, with Robinson working for him.
The 14-year-old Jane Doe in the case was a runaway allegedly “befriended” by Robinson, who brought the girl to Garcia.
On March 1, a Garden Grove police officer pulled over a car driven by Garcia for a routine traffic violation. Robinson was also in the car, along with the victim and another woman.
The officer grew suspicious because of the apparent youth of the girl and an investigation began.
Garcia and Robinson were arrested and the girl taken into protective custody.