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Santa Rosa Police Department
Thursday November 30th, 2017 :: 12:01 p.m. PST


Press Release regarding arrest of subject in pimping and sexual assault investigation. SRPD case 17-15078

In early November 2017, a Santa Rosa Police detective saw information on a website known for the posting of advertisements related to commercial sex acts. One of the detective’s assignments within the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Investigations Team is to investigate human trafficking situations. In this particular case, he believed the woman pictured in the advertisement might be a minor. As the case progressed, a male by the name of Laiken James was identified as being associated with the woman. Ultimately the detective found out the woman was not a minor; however, James was associated with her by acting as her pimp.

The detective also located evidence that James has had numerous sexual relationships with young girls ranging in age from 14-17 years old. These relationships have occurred since James turned 18 and continued to his current age of 20.

On 11/28/17 at approximately 4:30 PM, the detective was watching James in Rohnert Park. Assisted by patrol officers from the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, he arrested James without incident.

Laiken James is a 20 year old resident of Rohnert Park. He was booked at the Sonoma County jail with bail set at $55,000. His charges at the time of booking were:

Felony 261.5 PC/Sexual Intercourse with a Minor
Felony 288a(b)(1) PC/Oral Copulation with a Person Under 18
Felony 266h PC/Pimping

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, call the DVSA tip line number; (707) 543-4040. Please DO NOT call any other numbers to provide information in this case. Media inquiries may be directed to Sergeant Terry Anderson at

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-543-3600

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