|For Immediate Release
August 27, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
SEVEN SEX PURCHASERS CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR SOLICITING COMMERCIAL SEX
SANTA ANA – Seven sex purchasers were convicted and sentenced yesterday, Aug. 26, 2013, for soliciting commercial sex from women in exchange for money. Primitivo Nava, 41, Santa Ana, Israel Ruiz, 29, Garden Grove, Jesus Flores, 39, Santa Ana, and Jonathan Perralta, 21, Westminster, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution and were sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10 to 15 days in jail with the possibility of CalTrans in lieu of jail, and must submit to AIDS testing and education.
David Flores, 32, Aliso Viejo, Pedro Gonzalez, 33, Garden Grove, and German Lopez, 41, Garden Grove, pleaded guilty yesterday to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution. Flores and Gonzalez also pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver license and Pedro Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license. David Flores and Lopez were sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10 days in jail with the possibility of CalTrans in lieu of jail, and must submit to AIDS testing and education. Gonzalez was sentenced 45 days in jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education.
Between May 15, 2013 and June 10, 2013, defendants David Flores, Gonzalez, Lopez, Peralta, and Ruiz, were arrested as part of a covert operation by the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD). The defendants approached an undercover officer, whom they believed to be a prostitute, in the area of Harbor Boulevard and along East First Street in Santa Ana. The defendants solicited sex in exchange for money with the undercover officer.
On June 17, 2013, Jesus Flores drove up to a woman, whom he believed to be a prostitute, standing in a hotel parking lot in Santa Ana. Flores briefly spoke with the woman before she entered his vehicle and they drove off together. An SAPD officer, who witnessed the interaction, stopped the vehicle and arrested Flores for soliciting sex.
On June 18, 2013, Nava agreed and paid for commercial sex acts from a woman, whom he believed to be a prostitute, inside a Santa Ana hotel room. An undercover SAPD officer, posing as a sex purchaser, waited inside the hotel room and witnessed money being exchanged between the woman and the defendant and arrested Nava for soliciting sex.
The area of Harbor Boulevard and East First Street is known to law enforcement to be a high-prostitution area frequently used by individuals who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers.
These cases were prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit.