An alleged pimp walked free this week after his accuser was busted soliciting johns on the Internet during the trial, according to the Public Defender's Office.
The 35-year-old woman was given more than $2,000 in incentives from the District Attorney's Office in exchange for her testimony against 23-year-old Anthony Dorton, who she had said forced her into prostitution and beat her. However, during the trial, public defenders got hold of the woman's recently updated advertisement on the prostitution website, MyRedBook.com, which lists her photos, phone numbers, and notes that she's "available tonight."
After showing this screenshot to the jury, the group acquitted Dorton of assault, criminal threats, and dissuading a witness; however, the jury was deadlocked on pimping and pandering charges. The DA will now have to decide whether to retry the San Mateo man on pimping and pandering charges.
Here's what Dorton's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Qiana Washington, had to say about the entire ordeal:
Continuing to pursue this case would be a travesty.The complaining witness advertised her services as a prostitute while receiving financial incentives pending the trial, including a city-funded hotel room, all the while planning to testify she was forced into prostitution. Mr. Dorton was in custody at the time and could not have influenced to supported her prostitution activities in any way. This ad further exposes hat the witness manipulated police and District Attorney's Office into believing she was a victim when she was really the perpetrator.Dorton was arrested on Sept. 19, 2011, after the woman told police he pulled her out of his car by her hair, grabbed her phone, and punched her after the two got into an argument. The woman had been staying with Dorton and his girlfriend after telling them she had been abused and prostituted by another man.