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Friday, April 25, 2014

Firefighter, suspected pimp are indicted in federal court

A federal grand jury indicted on Thursday firefighter Richard Sullivan Benavente and suspected pimp Annette Nakatsukasa Basa, both recently arrested for alleged exploitation and sex trafficking of two female minors.

The indictment charged the 43-year-old Benavente with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child.

The indictment also sought the forfeiture of Benavente’s Samsung cellular phone and Samsung digital camera that he allegedly used to videotaped himself and the girls having sex.

In a separate indictment, Basa was charged with two counts of sex trafficking of children.

According to the indictment, Benavente persuaded the two girls to have sex and recorded the incident using the cell phone. This allegedly happened twice.

The indictment alleged that on April 1, 2013, Basa recruited and enticed the two minor girls to engage in a “commercial sex act.”

The FBI alleged that Benavente took videos of himself having sex with two 15-year-old girls. Basa allegedly offered the girls to Benavente in exchange for methamphetamine or “ice” and money.

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