SEVENTEEN MEN CONVICTED OF LOITERING WITH INTENT TO COMMIT PROSTITUTION OR AGREEING TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION

Date: April 2, 2015

SEVENTEEN MEN CONVICTED OF LOITERING WITH INTENT TO COMMIT PROSTITUTION OR AGREEING TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) convicted 17 men in March 2015 of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution or agreeing to engage in prostitution. The defendants in these cases approached a woman whom they believed to be a prostitute, or loitered in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County. Each of the defendants below agreed to engage, or loitered with the intent to engage, in commercial sex with a woman and were subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

Defendant

Conviction

Sentence

Erwin Giovanni Bautista, 25, Santa Ana

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution

Accepted a court offer of eight days in jail, one year of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education

Joshua Allen Campos, 19, Garden Grove

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education, provide a DNA sample, and donate $100 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund

Juan Cruz Cazares, 35, Huntington Beach

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Accepted a court offer of four days in jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education.

Victor Alfonso Cortez, 26, Garden Grove

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education and provide a DNA sample

Michael John Fritz, 61, Garden Grove

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of community service in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education and provide a DNA sample

Ryan Adam Gatewood, 24, Lakewood

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample

Francisco Xavier Hernandez, 19, Anaheim

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, must submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample

Juan Carlo Hernandez-Fernandez, 26, Anaheim

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education, provide a DNA sample, and donate $100 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund

Steven John Keros, 68, Huntington Beach

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Accepted a court offer of 10 days of community service in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education

Jose Baldemar Martinez, 27, Orange

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample

Ignacio De Jesus Morales, 19, Santa Ana

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Fourteen days in jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education

Ramon Perez, 40, Whittier

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, must submit to AIDS testing and education, provide a DNA sample, and donate $200 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund

Adrian Benitez Quiroz, 51, Garden Grove

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample

Eric Magnolia Rodriguez, 26, Corona

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, must submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample

Jose Mendiola Rodriguez, 48, Anaheim

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Thirty days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education, provide a DNA sample, and donate $200 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund

Tirzo Medina Romero, 34, Santa Ana

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Accepted a court offer of 10 days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education

Cesar Catalan Zenon, 53, Anaheim

Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution and one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution

Accepted a court offer of four days in jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education, and provide a DNA sample

The OCDA posts the booking photos, when available, and conviction details of defendants on the sex purchasers section of the OCDA’s website, and can be found at: https://orangecountyda.org/media/sexpurchasers.asp.  

The Garden Grove Police Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) investigated these cases, as well as the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). Members of the OCHTTF and the OCDA work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. OCHTTF is a partnership between the Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, OCDA, OCSD, and community and non-profit partners.

Deputy District Attorney Kelly Manley of the HEAT Unit prosecuted these cases.