February 7, 2017
Case # 16NF1968
MAN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO PIMP AND PANDER MINOR ON SOCIAL MEDIA
FULLERTON, Calif. – A man was convicted and sentenced to four years in state prison yesterday for attempting to pimp and pander and undercover police officer, whom he believed to be a minor, on a social media site. Daniel Negrete Herrera, 29, Fullerton, pleaded guilty on Feb. 6, 2017, to one felony count of attempted pimping and one felony count of pandering by procuring.
Circumstances of the Case
With the rise in popularity of social media and ease of meeting people on the Internet, many pimps and human traffickers utilize a variety of social media to locate potential victims.
At the time of the crime, Herrera was working as a front desk attendant at a motel located in Stanton.
On July 1, 2016, Herrera contacted an undercover officer, who he believed was a 17-year-old girl, on a social networking website. The defendant attempted to offer the fictitious minor a room at the hotel where she could engage in commercial sex acts, in return for a payment of $20 per visit from a sex purchaser. Herrera also offered to act as a lookout for possible police exposure in the area when potential sex purchasers arrived at the motel.
An undercover officer set up a meeting between Herrera and the fictitious minor in a motel room. Herrera took a payment from the officer posing as the fictitious minor. Members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) subsequently arrested Herrera at the motel.
Members of the OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, Irvine Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and community and non-profit partners.
Deputy District Attorney Kelly Manley of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.
Proposition 35 and HEAT
To read more about California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 (Prop 35) and the OCDA’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, please visit www.orangecountyda.org and select Human Trafficking Information from the Media Center drop down menu.