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ORTIZ Promoted prostitution
Thursday, July 28, 2005
The case: Lauri Ann Ortiz, 39, of Hillsboro was charged with six counts of compelling prostitution and three counts of promoting prostitution involving a 16-year-old family member. Update: At the end of Wednesday's one-day trial, Senior Judge Tom Moultrie acquitted Ortiz of compelling prostitution, a Measure 11 crime, but found her guilty of three counts of promoting prostitution. He sentenced her to five years and three months in prison.
Compelling prostitution is defined under Oregon law as using force or intimidation to make another person engage in sex for money. Promoting prostitution is allowing it to happen in your house or a place you own or maintain.
The victim, who was 15 when she started working as a prostitute, testified Wednesday that Ortiz "had a picture" of what was going on and that she split with Ortiz money and drugs earned through her activity. Megan Johnson, Washington County deputy district attorney, argued that the financial split was enough to show that Ortiz made the girl work as a prostitute. Lawrence Taylor, court-appointed defense attorney, said there was no evidence Ortiz knew the money was from prostitution. What's next: Ortiz will be transferred to an Oregon prison from the Washington County Jail, where she was serving a one-year sentence after being found guilty last month of criminal mistreatment. Ortiz, who lived in the 600 block of Southeast Ninth Avenue in Hillsboro, allowed four of her children ranging in age from 4 months to 12 years to live in dangerous, filthy squalor, without adequate food or sanitation