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September 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Bremerton man sentenced to 40½ years for sex trafficking

A Bremerton man was sentenced to 40½ years in prison Friday for his involvement in the sex trafficking of females, including two who were underage and homeless.

Allixzander D. Harris, aka Park, 24, was sentenced in Kitsap County Superior Court for eight counts related to the commercial exploitation of two minors and an adult through prostitution, according to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

Harris was found guilty on Aug. 28 of six counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, of promoting second-degree prostitution and witness tampering.

The jury found eight aggravating factors at the time of the verdict, which allowed Judge Sally F. Olsen to hand down a sentence beyond the standard range. Olsen added an additional two years for each aggravating factor of victimization of homeless youth and an extra year for each aggravating factor of rapid recidivism.

Harris began a relationship with a 17-year-old girl and within weeks began selling her and a 16-year-old girl as prostitutes, according to court documents. He would sell them on Internet sites, take them to “johns” in Kitsap, Pierce, King and Thurston counties and then keep all the proceeds. He then trained a 27-year-old woman and sold her on Internet sites for multiple days.

The prosecutor’s office said the case was “particularly egregious due to Harris’ ongoing victimization of multiple girls during a month long period.”

The exploitation of minors won’t be tolerated in the community, Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan said in a news release.

“The young girls are victims, and the pimps, their adult employees and the johns are nothing but predatory criminals,” Strachan said.

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