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Rohn and Staton

On August 15, 2007, in the course of investigating defendant, Rohn and fellow deputies staked out the Comfort Inn in Temecula.  About 9:00 p.m., Rohn saw defendant pull up to the hotel in a red Nissan truck and drop off a “Hispanic female.”  The woman, dressed in a “revealing outfit,” entered room 319.  Subsequently, about 20 minutes apart, two different middle-aged men came to the hotel, went to that room, and left after 10-15 minutes.  Shortly after the second man departed, the Hispanic female left the hotel with a “white female” who appeared to be in her mid-20s and was also dressed seductively.  Rohn lost sight of the women after they left the parking lot, but called “the rest of the team” to let them know.

Staton had worked in law enforcement for almost 20 years before taking a job in the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, where he had worked for two and one-half years.  Staton had been assigned to the special enforcement unit and had received training in prostitution and pimping.  He testified about the recruitment and Internet advertising methods used by pimps:  within hours of posting their first ads, new girls get calls from pimps who offer protection, food, more money, or a better life.  When a girl goes to work for a pimp, “the girl does all the work, the guy gets all the money.”

Staton and two fellow deputies investigated defendant.  They had seen his Internet advertisements and had printed out craigslist photographs of prostitutes, including Q., D., and P., who worked for defendant.  At one point, Staton and two other deputies conducted a traffic stop of D. and P. and later ran their DMV photographs.  Staton recognized the two as girls who had appeared in defendant’s Internet advertisements.

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