FULLERTON – A 31-year-old Fresno man was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for attempting to persuade an undercover officer, whom he thought was a teenage girl, into having sex for money.
Brandon Roosevelt Starks pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts of attempted human trafficking, pimping and pandering, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Starks is a pimp who met who he thought was 17-year-old on Facebook in 2015 and tried to persuade her to meet him in Fresno and perform commercial sex acts for money. Starks said he would then transport the girl to areas known for prostitution in Orange County.
The girl was actually an undercover officer, prosecutors said.
The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force investigated this case. On May 19, 2015, members of the task force located Starks in a motel room in Van Nuys with his adult girlfriend and arrested him.
Starks was also charged with pimping his girlfriend.