A Novato man faces more than four years in prison next month when he is sentenced for pandering an underage Santa Rosa girl for prostitution, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said.
Amari L. Folsom allegedly forced the 14-year-old girl to work as a prostitute in Marin County. The girl was reported missing on April 4 when she ran away after having an argument with her mother, Sgt. David Linscomb said.
Detectives found the girl in Fairfax and learned she had been sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution for three to four weeks, Linscomb said.
The girl said her pimp threatened to kill her and her family if she called police, Linscomb said.
Sexual assault detectives identified 19-year-old Folsom as a human trafficker and located him in downtown Santa Rosa on May 7, Linscomb said. He was arrested for lying about his identity and booked into the Sonoma County jail on unrelated charges, Linscomb said.
When he was arrested, Folsom was with two juvenile girls who were listed as runaways from Marin County, Linscomb said.
Santa Rosa police worked with the Marin County District Attorney's Office to get a warrant against Folsom for crimes committed against the 14-year-old girl, Linscomb said.
Folsom was charged by Marin County prosecutors with forced oral copulation with a minor, pimping, and pandering and was booked in the Marin County jail.
Folsom pleaded guilty Thursday to pandering and faces four years and eight months in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 26, Linscomb said.
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