PAROLEE CHARGED WITH PIMPING AND PANDERING PREVIOUS HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM AND ATTEMPTING TO PIMP NEW VICTIM AFTER RELEASE FR

Date: April 20, 2018

Case # 18CF1077

PAROLEE CHARGED WITH PIMPING AND PANDERING PREVIOUS HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM AND ATTEMPTING TO PIMP NEW VICTIM AFTER RELEASE FROM PRISON

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man on parole for human trafficking was charged yesterday with pimping and pandering a previous victim and attempting to pimp a new victim, who was an undercover officer, after being extradited from Florida and released from prison in California.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Theram Clark, 34, Memphis, Tenn.

Charged on April 19, 2018, with the following felony counts:

  • Pimping
  • Attempted pimping
  • (2) Pandering

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Second strike
  • Prior felony conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in 2015 in Orange County

14 years and eight months in state prison

Pre-Trial Hearing

April 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Clark is accused of being a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow including requiring victims to speak only when spoken to, address the pimp as “Sir” or “Daddy,” assigning seats in the car based on “rank,” and setting daily quotas that the victims are expected to fulfill. The victims are often required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in deprivation of food and/or physical and/or emotional abuse.

Circumstances of the Case

  • In December 2015, Clark was convicted and given a suspended sentence of six years in state prison for human trafficking (Case # 15NF2088). He was released on probation from Orange County Jail with credit for time served.
  • In January 2016, Clark is accused of violating his probation while in Florida, where he traveled after his release.
  • OCDA worked with local law enforcement in Florida to extradited the defendant to Orange County for a probation violation hearing. Clark’s original sentence was reinstated and he was sent to state prison in April 2016.
  • On Feb. 4, 2018, following his release from prison, Clark is accused of pimping and pandering 26-year-old Jane Doe 1, the victim from his 2015 trafficking case.
  • The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) investigated this case and arranged for Jane Doe 2, an undercover officer, to contact the defendant.
  • Between March 19, 2018, and April 17, 2018, Clark is accused of pandering and attempting to pimp Jane Doe 2 by soliciting her to engage in commercial sex for his benefit.
  • On April 17, 2018, Clark’s last day of parole before he was scheduled to be transferred to another state, the defendant was arrested by OCHTTF.

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, Costa Mesa Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Huntington Beach Police Department, Irvine Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and community and non-profit partners.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben, HEAT Unit

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.