SANTA ANA – Twenty-nine men were convicted on prostitution-related charges in Orange County in November, officials said.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking unit, along with Garden Grove and Santa Ana police departments and the Orange 30County Sheriff’s Department, deployed undercover officers to act as prostitutes, prosecutors said.
Twenty-four of the men pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and two were convicted by a jury. Each was sentenced up to three years’ informal probation and up to 15 days in jail with the possibility of community service in lieu of jail; and must submit to AIDS testing and education; some were required to donate to a victim-witness emergency fund. Twenty of the men are from Orange County.
Officials said the men were found guilty of or pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution, loitering with the intent to commit prostitution or soliciting another to engage in prostitution.
The final three men, all from Orange County, pleaded guilty to one of the same misdemeanors but received sentencing enhancements because of previous criminal convictions, prosecutors said.
In an attempt to deter prostitution, the District Attorney’s Office has released a list of the names of the convicted men, which can found on its website:orangecountydistrictattorney.com under the Media Center subhead.
By CLAUDIA KOERNER / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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