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Pair booked for allegedly forcing Yuba girl, 16, into prostitution in Sacramento County

Devonte Wright
Devonte Wright Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Two people were arrested by sheriff’s detectives on suspicion of forcing a teen from Yuba County to work as a prostitute on Sacramento County streets.

Devonte Wright, 25, and Imani Bryant, 20, were booked into jail Tuesday on suspicion of unlawfully causing a minor to engage in prostitution.

Bryant is alleged to have befriended the 16-year-old at a Sacramento County shopping center. Bryant later called the girl and then drove with Wright to the teen’s home in Yuba County.

The three then went to a residence in North Highlands where Wright and Bryant sexually assaulted the teen, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department press release. The next day, the girl, dressed in tight, revealing clothing, was told to work as a prostitute on a Sacramento stroll.

While walking the street, deputies spoke with her but she gave no information about her relationship with Wright or Bryant. Detectives later began an investigation, which led to the arrest of Wright and Bryant.

Wright was also booked on unlawful sexual intercourse with the 16-year-old. Bryant was charged with unlawful penetration with a foreign object.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews