Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jury finds San Bernardino man guilty of human trafficking

BOOKING PHOTO: Demetrius Manning Found
Guilty of Multiple Counts
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A jury found Demetrius Manning, 27, of San Bernardino, guilty Tuesday of multiple felony charges.

Manning was convicted of human trafficking, rape, false imprisonment, criminal threats, felony assault and kidnap for rape.

According to Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez, who prosecuted the case, Manning had met the victim and lured her in by telling her that he could help her with her music career.

“When she got to his residence she realized that he didn’t have any interest in helping her with her music but forced himself on her, raping her and forcing her to perform other sex acts,” said Rodriguez, who is the lead prosecutor of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

During the incident, Manning told the victim that he was going to make her work as a prostitute under the name “Treasure” and that she would turn all of the money over to him. Manning is due back in court Thursday for a prior strike trial. He faces a life sentence.

“Thanks to the great investigative work of Officer Aaron Jones and the San Bernardino Police Department we were able seek justice for the victim,” said Rodriguez.

Since 2013, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has filed 103 human trafficking related cases.

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