For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
PIMP TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR THREATENING WOMAN AND HAVING HER PERFORM COMMERCIAL SEX ACTS FOR HIS BENEFIT
SANTA ANA – A pimp is scheduled to be arraigned today for threatening a woman and having her perform commercial sex acts for his benefit. Rickey Lovelle Ward Jr., 30, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count each of pimping, pandering by procuring, and criminal threats. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
Circumstances of the Case
Ward is accused of being a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules may result in physical and/or emotional abuse.
Between Feb. 2, 2014, and Feb. 16, 2014, Ward is accused of pimping out 23-year-old Jane Doe to sex purchasers and collecting the money she received from performing commercial sex acts. At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2014, Ward is accused of dropping off Jane Doe in Santa Ana in an area known for prostitution. Jane Doe agreed to perform a commercial sex act with undercover Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) and was taken into custody.
While Jane Doe was in custody, Ward is accused of sending text messages to Jane Doe threatening to shoot her mother if she continues ignoring his phone calls. He is accused of causing Jane Doe to reasonably be in fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family with his threats. SAPD arrested Ward at a nearby location.
This case was investigated by SAPD and Deputy District Attorney Bradley 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