As many teens do, B and her friends used to call up boys to be silly and flirt a bit.
But one day, after getting into an argument with her family, she called up a man she had met through a chat line and asked him to come pick her up from her suburban Sacramento neighborhood.
City officials contend the oftentimes abrasive police chief’s dictatorial management style was an impediment to the smooth function of the police department and the city was acting within the scope of its authority when it sacked him.
At the basis of the firing and resultant lawsuit is the action of former city councilman Ramon Hernandez and a series of charges made against his city issued credit card.
The investigations were conducted as undercover sting operations with the help of online watchdog group Perverted-Justice.
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In late May 2005, Hernandez told then-city manager Daryl Parrish and then-mayor Deirdre Bennett that he believed the card had been stolen by his nephew. Beginning on June 11, 2005, unauthorized calls on Hernandez’s city issued cell phone began, mostly to phone sex lines, consisting of adults-only chat lines based in Iowa, Northern California and Riverside.
Hernandez pledged to recover the card and see that the city was reimbursed for the charges. Hernandez claimed that his cell phone had been “cloned.” For a time the unauthorized calls from his number ceased but between January and May of 2006 the calls resumed, entailing charges of 5.
He did, and on that day B–not yet 16–lost her freedom.
The man held her captive inside a Bay Area apartment and forced her into prostitution the next two years.