Man who pimped Los Osos teen sentenced to decades
January 6, 2016
A 40-year-old man convicted of raping and pimping a Los Osos teen received a prison sentence of more than 60 years. [Tribune]
Richard Scott Brooks met the then-17-year-old girl on Craigslist in July 2014. Brooks had sexual relations with her over a four-day period he spent at her home. The teen was unconscious during some of the sex acts, according to trial testimony.
Brooks then pimped the teen out to Oscar Higueros, who was a volunteer Cayucos fire captain at the time. The girl allegedly moved in with Higueros and became his sex slave. Higueros, 39, is charged in a separate case, and jury selection for his trial is scheduled to begin Monday.
In November, a jury found Brooks guilty of 19 crimes related to sexual abuse of the teen. The convictions include rape, sodomy, pimping and oral copulation with a minor. The most serious conviction was human trafficking of a minor by use of force or fear.
On Tuesday, Judge Rita Federman sentenced Brooks to 61 years and eight months to life in prison. Brooks faced a maximum sentence of 63 years to life in prison.
During sentencing, Federman noted January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Before being sentenced Tuesday, Brooks maintained his innocence and said the trial was never fair. There were two full boxes of discovery that were not allowed to be discussed during the trial, Brooks said.
During the trial, Brooks called the victim a “black widow” and said she presented herself as an 18-year-old who wanted to have sex with him and other men. Brooks’ attorney Matt Guerrero argued the sex was consensual and the teen pursued it and took part in role playing.
The victim testified that she wanted someone who is dominant and she enjoyed some of the sexual encounters. But she felt threatened and believed she had to do what Brooks said, she testified.
Brooks allegedly said he would kill the girl if she did not comply with his demands.
The San Francisco man also filmed himself having sex with the teen. He used the videos to recruit clients.
Prosecutors played some of the sex tapes in San Luis Obispo court during the trial. The screen was positioned so that jurors could see the video, but the audience could not.
Brooks was previously convicted in New York of possession of child pornography.
Deputy District Attorney Greg Devitt said Brooks is a parasitic individual who preys on young children.