MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO PANDER UNDERCOVER OFFICER

 

For Immediate Release
Case # 13NF1373

April 25, 2014

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
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Farrah Emami
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MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO PANDER UNDERCOVER OFFICER

 

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to four years in state prison for 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, Feb. 26, 2014, 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.

 

Circumstances of the Case

Brown is a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain.

 

In April 2013, Brown began communicating in text messages and phone calls with a female undercover officer from the Anaheim Police Department (APD). The defendant believed the undercover officer was a prostitute whom he could sell for commercial sex.

 

Brown told the undercover officer about how he would be able to pimp her by posting online sexual advertisements that featured her and stated that he would take a percentage of the money she earned from commercial sex.

 

The undercover officer left money at a motel for the defendant under the pretense that it was earned from commercial sex. Brown was arrested at the motel as he attempted to collect the money.

 

This case was investigated by APD and Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.

 

Proposition 35 and HEAT

In November 2012, California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 (Pr