Los Angeles Man Sentenced for Trafficking Teen Girl in Long Beach Last Year

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.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.