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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v Albert Rich

On May 22, 2018 a jury convicted defendant Albert Rich of thirteen felony counts, including human trafficking of a minor, sexual penetration of a minor, human trafficking of adults, torture, rape, sodomy and assault with a deadly weapon.

For several weeks in May and June of 2017 defendant Albert Rich sexually assaulted, physically assaulted and tortured three victims, 2 young adult women and one minor girl, making them work as prostitutes for him. They were made to prostitute every day on International Blvd in the City of Oakland until they were able to escape and get help from Oakland police officers. Unfortunately the victims’ prior attempts to get help and to escape were unsuccessful. As a result the defendant who stood at 6 feet 6 inches and weighed 320 pounds punished them by severely beating them causing bloody noses, burning them with heated flat irons, and sadistic torture which caused internal bleeding injuries to the juvenile victim requiring surgery.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Sabrina Farrell, with the assistance of DA Inspector Shan Johnson and DA Victim/Witness Advocate Hedy Mitlo.

On June 29, 2018 Judge Thompson sentenced the defendant to 159 years to life in prison.

Posted on May 29, 2018