Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release
Human Trafficking Defendant Sentenced to Prison
Santa Rosa, CA – December 29, 2016 – Kevin Morales, a 24 year-old man from Sacramento County, was sentenced earlier today to 5 years in state prison after having pled guilty in November of this year to felony human trafficking charges.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Human trafficking, and in particular the commercial sexual exploitation of minors, is a human rights violation that will not be tolerated in this community. Our office condemns this behavior and will aggressively prosecute offenders at every opportunity.”
Kevin Morales was involved in a scheme to commercially sexually exploit two minors. During a period from March through May 2016 Morales provided and encouraged the minors to use drugs, arranged several rendezvous with paying customers, and advertised the minors on the internet. In addition, the man provided transportation and security to the two vulnerable minors in this case.
Morales admitted participation in this human trafficking scheme, and took responsibility at an early stage. Therefore, the minors did not have to testify in court.
Judge Peter Ottenweller sentenced the defendant to 5 years in prison. The Judge was stern in his rebuke of what he described as this defendant’s “disgusting” behavior.
The case was handled by Deputy District Attorneys Robert Waner and Andrew Lukas. The Santa Rosa Police Department Sex Crimes Unit was the primary investigating agency.