Sex Ad On Backpage.com Leads Agents To Man Trafficking Teen Runaway In Sunnyvale Motel

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An Oakland man was charged Wednesday with the human trafficking of a teenage girl.

Patrick Leo Simmons, 32, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the felony charge and five other related charges, prosecutors with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said.

Simmons had been exploiting the girl out of a Sunnyvale motel after he had picked her from a bible study, prosecutors said.

Agents from the Human Trafficking Task Force got a tip from the San Jose Police Department the victim, a runaway, was being advertised for sex on Backpage.com, a website frequently used to post ads for prostitution, prosecutors said.

Agents were able to arrange for a “date” with the victim and were able to recover her from her hotel room.

Simmons was arrested nearby on foot in possession of $6,510 and a key to the victim’s hotel room, prosecutors said.

Simmons is being held on $1 million bail and has a scheduled court appearance on Friday in Palo Alto.

© Copyright 2014 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
Got Our Weather App?

Watch & Listen LIVE