A pair of San Jose men in their 20s, including one who mentored troubled youth, face lifetime sentences for convincing runaways as young as 15 to work as prostitutes, according to reports.
Two counts of sex trafficking and sexually exploiting children each have been leveled against Justin Evan Crutchfield, 27, and Demontae Terell Toliver, 23, who both were taken into custody recently, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The two men convinced runaway teen girls to work as prostitutes for them. The pair also took photos of themselves engaged in sexual activities with the girls.
The girls ran away from a group home, but Crutchfield used his skills as a youth mentor to "pretty much present information they wanted to hear," police told the newspaper.
Crutchfield was a peer mentor with the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department.