HESPERIA, Calif. – A Hesperia man was found guilty Tuesday of multiple counts related to pimping, assault and human trafficking of a minor.
A San Bernardino jury found 29-year-old Kristen Davis guilty of all counts: Human Trafficking to Commit Another Crime, Assault by Means of Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, Pandering by Procuring a Minor over Age 16, Pimping of a Minor 16 Years of Age or Older, Human Trafficking of a Minor for a Sex Act. The jury found true on multiple allegations.
The case centers around a series of events that occurred over a one-week span in Nov. 2016., when Davis, his two co-defendants, 26-year-old Ashley Wimbley of Hesperia and 23-year-old Desire Jenkins of Riverside, and an adult victim, met a 17-year-old girl.
According to Deputy District Attorney Tamara Ross, who prosecuted the case, Wimbley recruited the minor to join their “team” and promised to take care of her. Following a trip to Las Vegas, there was a falling out between the defendant and the adult victim over an alleged ten-thousand-dollar debt.
When the adult victim indicated she would not be able to pay the debt, Davis held up a bag of drugs to codefendant Jenkins and promised to give it to her if she beat up the adult victim. Jenkins began punching the victim with her fists, as Wimbley-who had a belt wrapped around her hand-swung the belt at her, repeatedly hitting her in the face with the belt buckle.
Two days later, following another dispute, Davis kicked the minor victim out of the car and left her at a Denny’s restaurant. The minor victim called the police and reported the beating of the adult victim.
“With the minor’s assistance, they located all the suspects and the adult victim,” Ross said. “The adult victim had two black eyes, a swollen face, and slashing cuts on her face. She testified that she received a broken nose and a permanent scar on her face as a result of the beating. Sadly, the adult victim had tried a few times to escape from the defendant, but each time, he would track her down and threaten to kill her family and her children. He went as far as to text her a photo taken outside her child’s school, and say, ‘If I can shoot a camera, I can shoot a gun.'”
Davis faces 36 years and 8 months in state prison when he is sentenced March 5 at the San Bernardino Justice Center.
Jenkins was sentenced March 29, 2017 to 5 years in state prison. Wimbley is scheduled to begin trial March 12.
(source: news release – Office of the District Attorney Mike Ramos, San Bernardino County)