San Luis Obispo man sentenced for pimping a minor



On Sept. 30, 20-year-old Douglas James Stephens of San Luis Obispo was sentenced to three years in state prison after entering a plea of no contest to a felony charge of pimping of a minor.

As New Times previously reported, Stephens was one of nine people arrested in a prostitution sting the San Luis Obispo Police Department conducted at a SLO motel on May 29. The SLO County District Attorney’s Office charged him with pimping and added an additional charge of pandering (procuring another person for the purpose of prostitution), which the court dismissed.

According to court documents, police officers out of Sacramento informed the SLO Police Department April 13 that Stephens was using an Internet site to advertise a 16-year-old female for prostitution. An undercover officer responded to the ad and met the unidentified 16-year-old, believed to be Stephens’ girlfriend, in a room at the motel.

The 16-year-old “made an agreement to perform sexual acts with the undercover officer for a specific amount of money and then disrobed. As [the 16-year-old] furthered the act and made physical contact with the officer the arrest team entered the room and attempted to take [the 16-year-old] into custody for prostitution,” documents read.

They go on to say that the 16-year-old “fled from the room (still naked) and ran directly to Stephens’ vehicle in the parking lot” and then “slammed on the door to Stephens’ vehicle and yelled for Stephens to ‘go go go!!’”

The 16-year-old was later arrested on suspicion of prostitution and resisting arrest. She was transferred to Sacramento County where there was a warrant for her arrest. The SLO District Attorney’s Office did not pursue local charges against her.

Stephens’ attorney, Brian Buckley, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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