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Three men plead no contest in Sacramento-area sex trafficking case

Three men have entered no contest pleas in Sacramento Superior Court to charges in a sex trafficking case.

Robert Ivory, 22, pleaded no contest Friday to three counts of human trafficking of a minor and admitted to a gang allegation in connection with the crimes, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Johnny Romero, 25, pleaded no contest to being an active member in a street gang and Lucas Romero, 29, pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact.

Between Dec. 12 and Dec. 21, 2012, Ivory and the Romeros took three minors to several motels in the Sacramento area while giving them alcohol and drugs, authorities said. After posting online photos of the victims, Ivory arranged sexual encounters for two of the victims at the motels. After several of these encounters, one of the victims was able to contact her mother, who in turn called police.

Under the plea agreement, Ivory will be sentenced to 17 years in prison, while Johnny Romero and Lucas Romero will be sentenced to prison for six years and two years, respectively, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Lucas Romero is to be sentenced June 19, and Ivory and Johnny Romero are scheduled for sentencing Sept 25, all before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Goodman.