Santa Rosa, CA – September 19, 2018 – District
Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that Defendant Laiken James, 21 years old
of Petaluma, was sentenced in two cases today by the Honorable Brad DeMeo to a term
of seven years and four months in the state prison as a result of pleading
no-contest to six felony charges which involved pimping, unlawful sexual
intercourse or oral copulation with four separate minor victims, and possession
of alprazolam for the purpose of sales.
The two cases
against James stemmed from investigations conducted by the Petaluma Police
Department, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, and the Santa Rosa
Police Department. The investigations revealed James was pimping an 18-year-old
woman. The investigations also revealed that James engaged in sexual conduct
with numerous teenagers when he was an adult. Additionally, detectives
established James was illicitly selling alprazolam. Alprazolam, commonly known
as Xanax, is a drug that is frequently abused by teenagers.
charged in November 2017 with crimes dating back to 2015, and involving
multiple victims. While a felony case was pending against James, he was
initially permitted by the court to remain out of custody on bail. In March
2018, while out of custody, James again engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse
with another minor, leading to a second felony case being filed against him.
Prior to the cases being set for trial, James entered into an agreement with
the District Attorney’s Office in which he pled no-contest to six felony
offenses. Per the terms of the agreement, James was sentenced to 7 years and 4
months in the state prison. James will be required to register as a sex
offender pursuant to Penal Code section 290 when he is released on parole.
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District
Attorney Andrew Lukas. Detective Tim Raymond of the Santa Rosa Police
Department, Detective Duaine Labno of the Rohnert Park Department of Public
Safety, and Officer Nicholas Raccanello from the Petaluma Police Department
headed their agencies’ investigations.