People v. Lonnel Moore

On September 23, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Lonnel Moore of four felony counts, including human trafficking of a minor with force, pimping of a minor, inducing a minor to commit a lewd and lascivious act, and committing a lewd act on a minor.

On August 7, 2018 around 1:15am, OPD officers were dispatched to Bancroft and 90th were they located 15-year-old Jane Doe. Jane Doe immediately told officers that a trafficker had just attacked her at the Parklane Motel because she did not make enough money for him. She frantically told officers that the defendant tried to kill her by suffocating her with a pillow until she could not breathe. He also hit her with a miniature bat. Jane gave a description of the defendant as well as the room number that the attack took place. Officers took photos of Jane’s injuries on scene.

Officers immediately re-located to the Parklane Motel and were able to obtain surveillance video. The video showed the 35-year-old defendant pulling Jane Doe out of a black sedan by her shorts and pushing her into the motel room where Jane stated the attack took place. Officers conducted a search of the room and located a miniature bat, broken furniture and a dresser drawer filled with condoms. A Ramey warrant went out for the defendant’s arrest.

Jane Doe was admitted into Highland hospital for treatment. During an interview with OPD detectives, she stated that she had met the defendant through a friend six weeks prior. He picked her up from her mother’s house in the middle of the night and brought her to the Parklane motel. He supplied her with Ecstasy pills almost daily and convinced her that they were in a romantic relationship. He told her that she needed to contribute to the household. Jane began working for the defendant three day after meeting him. She stated that they would argue often and he would physically hit her throughout the “relationship.”

On September 29, 2018, OPD officers attempted to make contact with the defendant. The defendant immediately started to run, causing a foot pursuit. Officers were able to detain the defendant and locate two cell phones on his person. Text messages from the defendant’s phone were extracted. The messages found on defendant’s phone included messages to Jane Doe directing her to commit sex acts for money as well as abusive language towards her. There were also hundreds of other messages sent to several other women directing them to work as prostitutes as well as threats of violence when they did not respond accordingly.

The case was heard in front of the honorable Judge Steckler. The case was prosecuted by DDA April Smith, with the assistance of DA Inspector Tim Bergquist and DA Victim/Witness Advocates Briannah Shackelford and Alex Stanley.

The defendant will be sentenced on November 15, 2019.

Posted on Sep 27, 2019