For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTING TO PANDER UNDERCOVER OFFICER
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of attempted pandering after communicating with an undercover officer, whom he believed to be a prostitute. Frankie Lee Brown, 30, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of attempted pandering by promise, threat, or violence to become a prostitute, and sentencing enhancements for a strike prior and a prison prior for residential burglary in 2009. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison at his sentencing April 25, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-27, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Circumstances of the Case
Brown is accused of being a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain.
In April 2013, Brown began communicating in text messages and phone calls with an undercover officer from the Anaheim Police Department (APD). The defendant believed the undercover officer was a prostitute whom he could pimp.
Brown told the undercover officer about how the defendant would pimp the victim and stated that he would take a percentage of her money for posting sexual advertisements featuring her online.
The defendant instructed the undercover officer to leave money for him at a motel. Brown was arrested at the motel attempting to collect the money.
This case was investigated by APD and Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting this case.
Proposition 35 and HEAT
In November 2012, California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 (Prop 35) was enacted in California with 81 percent of the vote, and over 82 percent of the vote in Orange County, to increase the penalty for human trafficking, particularly in cases involving the trafficking of a minor by force.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers. The HEAT Unit uses a tactical plan called PERP: Prosecution, to bring justice for victims of human trafficking and hold perpetrators responsible using Prop 35; Education, to provide law enforcement training to properly handle human trafficking and pandering cases; Resources from public-private partnerships to raise public awareness about human trafficking and provide assistance to the victims; and Publicity, to inform the public and send a message to human traffickers that this crime cannot be perpetrated without suffering severe consequences.