RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A 19-year-old woman who pimped out a 14-year-old runaway girl in Moreno Valley faces up to a dozen years in prison after accepting a plea deal.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said Kayla Corithian Jackson agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and false imprisonment in exchange for prosecutors dropping five sex-trafficking related charges.
Jackson was arrested last March.
During a status conference Thursday, the D.A.’s office and Jackson’s public defender informed Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez that a deal had been brokered.
Hernandez scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 30, during which he is expected to certify the plea agreement. The maximum potential sentence is 12 years, according to the D.A.’s office spokesman John Hall.
Jackson is free on $50,000 bail.
After the victim ran away from home last year, her mother suspected she might be with Jackson, with whom the teenager had associated for an “undetermined period of time,” Supervising Deputy District Attorney Gerald Fineman told City News Service in September.
Investigators checked websites where ads for escorts are posted and saw a mobile phone number belonging to the girl, according to sheriff’s officials.
Deputies working undercover were able to locate the teen — at a motel at the intersection of Alessandro Boulevard and Graham Street — culminating in Jackson’s arrest, sheriff’s officials said.
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