The second person accused of holding an underage runaway captive and selling her for sex online faced a Sacramento judge Friday on pimping and pandering charges.
Keiyonte Dvaughn Davis, 20, listened intently from inside a courtroom cell as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman read charges of unlawfully causing a minor to engage in commercial sex acts and encouraging a minor under 16 to become a prostitute. Davis was arrested Wednesday by Citrus Heights police detectives.
Davis will return to court Oct. 25 for further arraignment when he will be assigned an attorney. He remains held in Sacramento County custody in lieu of $2 million bail.
Davis follows alleged partner Kayla Gemini Randall, 19, whom Bowman arraigned on similar pandering charges Monday in Sacramento Superior Court in the alleged sex-for-sale plot. Randall is being held in lieu of $200,000 at Sacramento County Main Jail and also awaits an Oct. 25 date to set a preliminary hearing.
Citrus Heights police in a news release offered a harrowing account of a 15-year-old runaway girl who was rescued from a Sacramento County hotel room and who had been beaten, drugged and sold for sex acts over the internet.
Police say the girl ran away from home in August to be with a man Citrus Heights investigators believe is Davis. Police say Davis with Randall’s help forced the teen into prostitution, uncovering the alleged crimes after a monthlong investigation that began with a tip in September.
A search by investigators of the hotel room where police freed the teen found drugs, electronic and digital evidence and the woman later identified as Randall, according to the release.
The hotel discoveries and Randall’s arrest were enough to lead authorities to arrest Davis on Wednesday on the human trafficking allegations.
Sacramento County district attorney’s prosecutors at Randall’s hearing on Monday alleged that the captive runaway teen was being advertised on the website Backpage.com
The website is in trouble with California and Texas authorities. Its CEO Carl Ferrer and controlling partners Michael Lacey and James Larkin face felony pimping and conspiracy charges in Sacramento Superior Court connected to ads for illicit sexual services posted on Backpage.com, which prosecutors say is a front for prostitution. All are free on bail.
California attorney general’s prosecutors allege that Ferrer used Backpage.com to run a multi-million dollar sex trafficking and prostitution ring and say the three website executives conspired in an attempt to create a worldwide online brothel.,Ferrer, Lacey and Larkin deny any wrongdoing saying they were unaware of the people who posted the ads that became the basis for the criminal charges.
Attorneys for the three called for criminal charges to be dismissed in motions filed this week, calling the prosecution by the state attorney general’s office a political stunt with no legal standing.