San Francisco man found guilty of rape, pimping of 16-year-old girl 

A San Francisco man was found guilty Wednesday of rape, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, pimping and pandering after forcing a 16-year-old girl to prostitute herself on two occasions in 2010, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Jaime Marcelo, 34, lured the victim to his home in October 2010, District Attorney's Office spokesman Max Szabo said in statement. Once there, Marcelo reportedly told the girl, “You ain't going home.”

On Oct. 28, Marcelo raped her, Szabo said. The victim stayed with Marcelo out of fear until he was arrested Nov. 4 for slashing the tires of a “john” who Marcelo thought did not pay enough for sex with the victim.

After his arrest, police started an investigation into Marcelo on the rape and pimping allegations. An arrest warrant was issued in February 2011 and he was taken into custody July 30, 2013, while attempting to flee to Mexico, Szabo said.

The investigation revealed that Marcelo had pimped out the victim twice during the duration of her captivity, including once with a 38-year-old man.

“This young girl demonstrated extraordinary courage to come forward, testify and stand up to this violent man,” said Assistant District Attorney Lili Nguyen, who prosecuted the case.

The victim is an undocumented immigrant, District Attorney George Gascon said. He added that the case highlights the problem of such victims being afraid to come forward because of their immigration status. Gascon has continually called for immigration reform due to cases like this.

“This young woman was terrorized by this predator, but today the community held him accountable for his violent crimes,” Gascon said of Marcelo.

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