FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — A 34-year-old Palmdale man is facing human trafficking charges.

Dwight Lamith Garris pleaded not guilty Friday to one count each of human trafficking of a minor, pandering and pimping of a minor. He’s being held on $50,000 bail.

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Garris was caught after he allegedly contacted an undercover Anaheim investigator posing on Facebook as a 17-year-old girl. The defendant is accused of trying to get the “teen” to work for him as a prostitute and to recruit others to do the same thing, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

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Garris, who could face up to 12 years in prison if he’s convicted, is due back in court April 28.

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