Two San Jose men, including a former Santa Clara County employee, are facing charges in federal court in San Jose of engaging in the sex trafficking of two teenage girls and exploiting them by producing pornography.
Justin Crutchfield, 27, a former peer health counselor with the county Department of Mental Health, and Demontae Toliver, 23, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 29.
The indictment issued under seal and was unsealed Feb. 11, following Toliver’s Feb. 8 arrest and the two men’s initial appearances in federal court.
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Crutchfield was arrested by San Jose police in June and was previously in the county district attorney’s jurisdiction, but was turned over to U.S. authorities on Feb. 11 in the wake of the federal indictment. Haag announced the indictment on Tuesday.
A federal magistrate has ordered both men held in custody without bail while awaiting trial.
The two men are each charged with two counts of engaging in sex trafficking of children by recruiting and coercing two Los Gatos girls, aged 15 and 17, to engage in commercial sex acts in June.
Crutchfield was employed at his county job at the time he was arrested and gave the victims his business card, Haag said.
Both defendants also face two additional counts of sexually exploiting children by forcing the two girls to participate in the production of pornography. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Their next court appearance is a status conference on April 17 before U.S. District Judge Lowell Jensen of San Jose, the trial judge assigned to the case.
If convicted, the two men could face a possible maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 15 years for the each child sex trafficking charge, and a maximum sentence of 30 years and mandatory minimum of 15 years for the pornography charges.