Contra Costa man gets 8 years in trafficking case; he was arrested with 13-year-old girl in his car

MARTINEZ — A Richmond man has been sentenced to eight years in state prison after pleading no contest to pandering, more than a year after he was arrested in Lafayette with a teen runaway in his car, court records show.

Parrish Rauls, 26, was sentenced in a plea deal that required him to accept convictions for soliciting a prostitute and pandering. He was arrested June 18, 2020, in Lafayette, after Contra Costa Sheriff deputies pulled him over and discovered a 13-year-old girl hiding in the car under a jacket, according to court documents.

Two weeks earlier, the girl and another teen ran away from a group home in the Bay Area and turned up in Richmond. Text messages on one of their phones contained references to prostitution and having a pimp, police said in court papers.

The case was finalized Nov. 30, prosecutors said. Rauls is serving his sentence at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, records show.

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In 2018, Rauls pleaded no contest to accessory to murder, in connection with the March 10, 2016, shooting death of William Malik Barnes, 15, of Richmond. In that case, prosecutors said Rauls alerted the suspected shooter, Bobby Brown III, to Barnes’ whereabouts at a liquor store shortly before the homicide.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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