Teen held in custody in pimping case 0
OTTAWA - A 15-year old accused of pimping out other teens kept a stern face as she appeared in court Wednesday.
She faces 18 charges for her alleged role in a teen prostitution ring that recruited three girls between the ages of 13 and 17 and pimped them out to johns at an Ottawa house.
The tall teen towered above the glass of the prisoner's box as she calmly recited her name and date of birth.
Wearing a purple pullover sweatshirt and her dark hair in a ponytail, she was led into the courtroom from lockup by a female police officer.
Her only supporters in the courtroom were her mother and another man, who left holding hands but refused to comment.
The teen will appear in court again on June 18 to arrange a bail hearing on her charges of human trafficking, sexual assault and abduction.
She also faces robbery charges for stealing clothing, jewelry, and an iPod.
Her defence lawyer Trevor Brown said while his client is young, she'll receive the same trial as any other offender.
"The presumption of innocence applies to youth accused as it does to every accused person in this country," he said.
He said he wasn't surprised by all the attention the case was receiving.
Ottawa police were shocked by the alleged teen prostitution ring and say it may be the first of its kind in the country.
The second 15-year-old suspect appeared in court Tuesday.
Police are still on the hunt for a third 17-year-old suspect.
None of the suspects can be identified due to provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.