A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 11 years in state prison today after pleading no contest to trafficking a teen girl in Long Beach last year, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Patrick Lamont Harris, 28, pleaded no contest to one count of human trafficking of a minor for a commercial sex act. In addition to his sentence, he was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kelley, who prosecuted the case, said Harris met the 15-year-old victim February 2016 and began pimping her on a website.
“According to court testimony, the defendant rented hotel rooms and drove the girl to various locations so that she could perform sex acts with men,” according to a release.
Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) investigators came into contact with the victim and learned about the defendant’s involvement with her during a sting operation on March 9, 2016.