FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2017
Case # 16CF1494
MAN CONVICTED OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, PIMPING, AND PANDERING 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN ORANGE COUNTY
*Victim in this case is the youngest filed victim since the HEAT Unit’s establishment in 2013
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted today of human trafficking, pimping, and pandering a 13-year-old girl in Orange County.
John Wayne Calhoun, 31, San Bernardino
Found guilty by a jury today of the following felony counts:
- (2) Lewd acts upon a child under 14
- Human trafficking of a minor
- Pimping a minor under 16
- Pandering with a minor under 16 years old by procuring
- Oral copulation of a child under 14
- Unlawful sexual intercourse
- Human trafficking by force or fear
24 years and four months to life in state prison
Mandatory lifetime sex offender registration
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Department C-28, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas stated, “The victim in this case was barely a teenager. Cases like this are exactly the reason why the OCDA will adamantly continue to fight against Human Exploitation and Trafficking.”
Circumstances of the Case
- Prior to June 1, 2016, the defendant met 13-year-old Jane Doe and convinced the victim to engage in commercial sex acts for his benefit.
- The defendant drove the victim to Orange County and other areas throughout California known for prostitution and human trafficking and supervised Jane Doe as she engaged in commercial sex acts, instructing her when to work, what sex acts to engage in, how much to charge, and encouraging her to engage in specific sex acts to receive more money from sex purchasers.
- Calhoun forced the victim to give him all of the money that she received from sex purchasers.
- Calhoun physically assaulted Jane Doe on numerous occasions for her failure to follow his rules and to maintain his control over her.
- On June 2, 2016, Jane Doe was contacted by officers from the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) in an area known for prostitution in Santa Ana.
- SAPD investigated this case and subsequently located and arrested the defendant. The case was then handed over to the OCHTTF for further investigation.
Members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (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 SAPD and the OCHTTF, a partnership between the Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, Irvine Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, SAPD, and community and non-profit partners.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Juliet Oliver of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting this case.
Proposition 35 and HEAT
To read more about California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 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.