- post by: #TooRealForTV
- August 18, 2016
30 felony pimp related charges filed against alleged “Boss” of human trafficking ring
Charges filed against alleged traffickers
Felony charges have been filed by the District Attorney’s Office against three men accused of organizing a human trafficking ring in Tulare County.
All three men pleaded not guilty during their arraignment Tuesday afternoon at the Tulare CountyPretrial Facility.
Thirty felony charges were filed against Antonio Alvarez, 34 of Visalia, identified by Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies as the “boss” of the operation. Alvarez’s charges include 12 counts of human trafficking, child molestation, pandering, solicitation, pimping and possession of child pornography.
Alvarez’s alleged accomplices, Anthony Raya, 19 ofDinuba and Joel Mancini, 40 of Visalia have been charged with two felony counts of human trafficking and pimping.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 24 and 25 in Department 4 at Tulare County Superior Court in Visalia.
“The question of whether human trafficking happens in Tulare County has been answered,” said District Attorney Tim Ward in a recent statement. “In the last few years, our community has come together to raise awareness of this crime and prepare to help victims reclaim their lives and their freedom.”
The 11 other individuals linked to the human trafficking ring have been identified as “Johns” and face misdemeanor counts of engaging and agreeing to engage in prostitution. Joseph Vega, 30 of Porterville, is facing one count, Jose Manzo, 23 of Visalia, is facing one count, Jesus Aguirre, 40 of Tulare, is facing four counts, Gary Coffman, 45 of Tulare, is facing six counts, Jackie Coffman, 40 of Tulare, is facing one count, Kary Collins, 29 of Visalia, is facing two counts, Scott Kroner, 57 of Visalia is facing four counts, Jeremy Reis, 31 of Visalia is facing one count, Louis Soto, 43 of Visalia is facing one count, Billy Turner, 23 of Farmersville, is facing one count and Cooper Shadrick, 26 of Visalia, is facing one count.
Prostitution is a misdemeanor. Most will face local jail time or community service. Some will be required to submit to STD testing.
“We stand today ready to seek justice and send a message that traffickers will be held accountable for the lives they destroy,” Ward said.
Many of the suspects will return to court next week for the next step in the judicial process, including a preliminary hearing and trial, if deals are not made.