Case #184 - Charge: Online pimp rented out, raped runaway girl
A Yakima man accused of pimping a 14-year-old runaway out of a Shoreline motel has been charged with child rape and prostitution-related offenses.
King County prosecutors contend David J. Anderson, 29, posted provocative photos of the girl on Backpage.com along with his cell phone number.
According to charging documents, King County Sheriff’s Office Detective Gabriel Morris launched an investigation on Sept. 7 after the girl’s mother reported her runaway daughter was in the Seattle area with Anderson.
A Google search of Anderson’s cell phone number returned several prostitution advertisements on Backpage. Morris then recognized the girl from previous contacts in the field.
Writing the court, Morris said he and a deputy conducted a sting operation aimed at recovering the girl from the motel she was staying in on Aurora Avenue North.
Deputies set up a “date” with the girl and took her into custody at the motel. Morris noted Anderson was in the next room when the arrest was conducted; deputies took him into custody as well.
Speaking with detectives, the girl said she had been working as a prostitute for Anderson, who took all of the money she made. Anderson – who is 15 years older than the girl – is alleged to have had sex with the girl during their two months together.
According to charging documents, Anderson told police he believed the girl was 19. Morris noted the girl “obviously appears” to be between the ages of 13 and 15, and suggested Anderson’s claims of ignorance are “unconvincing and self-serving.”
Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey suggested Anderson still may hold sway over the girl despite his arrest.
“She is a vulnerable minor, a runaway from home, and she may be inclined to reunite with the suspect if he is released,” Richey told the court, successfully arguing that Anderson should be held on $250,000 bail.
Anderson has been charged with promoting the commercial sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree rape of a child. He remains jailed.