North Bay Woman, 18, Accused of Being a Pimp

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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North Bay Woman, 18, Accused of Being a Pimp

A Hartford police officer under investigation for the beating of a suspect took his first steps toward retiring.

An 18-year-old Richmond woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion  of pimping a 14-year-old runaway girl, police said.

The two teens are not related, police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher  said.

Tia Trashae Powell was arrested on suspicion of pandering at about  4:30 p.m. on Canal Street after a patrol officer contacted the runaway girl,  who was suspected of loitering for prostitution, Rohrbacher said.

The officer saw Powell walking by several times and discovered  that Powell and the girl had been exchanging text messages about prostitution  on their cell phones, Rohrbacher said.

"It was obvious the 18-year-old was the girl's pimp," Rohrbacher  said.

 The girl, also from Richmond, was booked into juvenile hall on  suspicion of loitering for prostitution and being a runaway, and Powell was  booked into Marin County Jail on a pandering charge, Rohrbacher said.

Powell's bail is $30,000.

Rohrbacher said five johns were arrested during an unrelated  two-day prostitution sting earlier that week that involved two undercover  female police officers in the Canal Street area.

 Rohrbacher said the case is unusual because of the ages of Powell  and the girl and because the alleged pimp is a woman.

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