November 18, 2016
Case # 16NF0951
COLORADO MAN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR PANDERING 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN ORANGE COUNTY
*Two co-defendants convicted of human trafficking, pimping, and pandering
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Colorado man was sentenced to three years in state prison today for pandering a 17-year-old girl in Orange County. Jovon Andrew Williams, 21, Denver, Colo., pleaded guilty on Oct. 13, 2016, to one felony count of pandering.
Co-defendant Jahsee Elan Brewster, 33, Denver, Colo., and Clifton Haralson, 34, Long Beach, were each found guilty by a jury on Nov. 16, 2016, of one felony count of human trafficking of a minor, one felony count of pimping a minor, one felony count of pandering by procuring, and one felony count of carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in public. The defendants face a maximum of 12 years and eight months in state prison at their sentencing on Dec. 16, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-36, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Circumstances of the Case
Between March 17, 2016, and March 30, 2016, Brewster, Haralson, and Williams traveled with 17-year-old Jane Doe from Colorado to areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County. Defendant Brewster rented motel rooms in his name and drove the defendants and Jane Doe within and outside of Orange County for the purpose of trafficking Jane Doe. Defendant Haralson posted online advertisements soliciting commercial sex for Jane Doe, arranged dates, and collected the money she earned. Defendant Williams assisted in encouraging Jane Doe to solicit commercial sex.
On March 30, 2016, members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) set up a meeting with Jane Doe at a motel in Anaheim. Members of the OCHTTF investigated this case and contacted the defendants, who were sitting in a vehicle near the motel with a loaded and unregistered firearm in the glovebox. The defendants were subsequently arrested at the scene.
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 the Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Costa Mesa Police Department, 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 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 (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.