TULARE — Quinton Brown and Gerald Turner have been sentenced to multiple felony charges of sex trafficking of a minor, Tulare County Sheriff’s officials said.
On Monday, deputies said both Brown and Turner appeared in Tulare County Superior Court and were sentenced after entering guilty pleas in Tulare County Superior Court on Jan. 16.
In July 2017, officials said Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 54 felony charges against Brown, Turner and Mia McNeil, following a six-month investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Human Trafficking Task Force and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.
The criminal complaint alleged that Brown lured victims from the Central Valley and trafficked them throughout the state, deputies said. It also alleged that Turner trafficked minors in the Central Valley, and that McNeil fraudulently procured luxury vehicles and apartments used to facilitate the trafficking.
Authorities said the victims, including eight minors, were sold for commercial sex throughout the Central Valley, Bay Area and Los Angeles.
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Under the terms of the plea agreement, officials said Brown was sentenced to serve a 28-year sentence, and Turner was sentenced to serve an 11-year sentence. Both defendants are to serve their time in a California State Institution and are required to register as sex offenders.
Authorities said the third defendant, McNeil, failed to appear and a warrant for her arrest was issued in the amount of $200,000.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 725-4194.
Victims and survivors of human trafficking are encouraged to call any police department or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888.