Convicted trafficker gets 26½ years for abusing Auburn teen

A 32-year-old Seattle man was in court March 29 to hear King County Superior Court Judge hand him 26½ years in prison for two counts of promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor, three counts of third-degree child rape, and one count of second-degree assault.

A jury found him guilty after only 4 hours of deliberation.  The jury was the first in the state to hear a case under new penalty enhancements, dating to last June, that make the commercial sex abuse of a minor a Class A felony. Under the new law, pimps face standard sentences of 7 to 10 years when victims are younger than 18.

Before running away last June, the girl had lived with both of her parents and her sister at their home in Auburn. She was a varsity athlete, and played the violin, but it was the second time she had run away in 2010. The man met the 16 year old girl within 24 hours after she had run away. She began working for him as a prostitute immediately. She was arrested shortly after, but let go because she told police that she was 18. They found her again while doing an undercover operation and arrested her pimp.

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