A Los Angeles man was convicted of felony sex crimes including trafficking a minor for a commercial sex act and human trafficking. In addition, he was convicted of dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime.
Prosecutors say that Benjamin Pennington, 38, of Los Angeles, forced a 17-year-old girl to work for him as a prostitute between February and December 2015. He also began trafficking a 23-year-old woman late in 2015. Pennington would advertise the 17-year old online.
She was arrested by police, and told them that she was being forced to work for Pennington. Police arrested Pennington, whom they say ordered the 23-year-old woman to continue prostituting herself while Pennington was in custody. He also told the woman not to cooperate with the investigation against him.
Pennington was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months in prison, and lifetime sex offender registration.
Los Angeles Sex Crimes Lawyer
If you’ve been accused of or arrested for sex crimes, including human trafficking or sexual assault of any kind, you need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Robert Helfend has practiced criminal law exclusively for more than 30 years, in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend has developed a reputation as an aggressive defender of his clients rights and freedom.
Conviction of sex crimes in California can result in long prison sentences and lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry. Sex offender registration can prevent a person from finding employment and housing. It can also ruin domestic relationships. Moving to a different state won’t help. Sex offender registration follows a person from state to state.
Your best defense strategy is hire an aggressive, competent defense lawyer who can help you navigate the complexities of California’s sex crimes laws. Don’t wait and don’t attempt to defend yourself.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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