A Green Valley High School dropout is now an accused pimp.
The I-Team was in the courtroom Monday as the case against the teenager moved forward. The 17-year-old is accused of running a prostitution ring in the Las Vegas valley with two accomplices.
The victims — girls ages 15, 16 and 17 — were delivered to houses and hotels to sell sex for $100 or $200, according to court documents.
“I was with the wrong group of people at the time,” the teen told the I-Team.
The teen’s identity is not being revealed because his case is currently being handled in juvenile court.
“Growing up with no father at all, that was something that I had to just think about,” he said.
Judge Frank Sullivan had to decide whether to charge the teen as an adult. He is facing 10 sex trafficking related charges.
According to the district attorney’s office, the case is as serious as it gets.
The prosecution referred to the teen’s history of getting into trouble while the defense pointed to psychiatric and drug abuse issues.
“He has a tough past,” the defense said.
But the judge said if the juvenile system hadn’t worked for this teen by now maybe the adult system could handle him.
He also referred to the alleged victims — the girls ages 15, 16, and 17 — and the 30,000 text messages between them and their three pimps, including the 17-year-old who went by the name “Ray Finesse” and the allegation they gave the girls drugs.
“These are three young victims, and they are victims. These victims have done nothing wrong except been victims of predatory practices. These are predators,” said Judge Frank Sullivan, Clark County Family Court.
The decision was made that the teen will be charged as an adult, and if convicted, could face life in prison.
His mother tells the I-Team, he dropped out of Green Valley High School two years ago and she tried to help him get back on the right track.
The teen’s co-defendants are 19-year-old Malik Clark and 22-year-old William Hoard.
The next court date for the 17-year-old is set for next week.
Since he will be charged as an adult moving forward in the coming days, his name will be revealed.