SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to 24 years in state prison yesterday for human trafficking, kidnapping, and burning a woman with an iron.
Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis, 28, Costa Mesa
Pleaded guilty to one felony count each of:
24 years in state prison
Co-defendant Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas, 36, Costa Mesa, is charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of kidnapping, one felony count of mayhem, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, one felony count of torture, one felony count of pimping, one felony count of pandering, and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. He is scheduled to for a preliminary hearing on May 20, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster. If convicted, Gonzalez-Salinas faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison.
Circumstances of the Case
In May 2014, Flores-Davis is convicted of, and Gonzalez- Salinas is accused of the following: recruiting 26-year-old Jane Doe to perform commercial sex services for their benefit. Flores-Davis lived in the same motel with the victim and transported Jane Doe throughout Orange County to perform commercial sex acts.
On July 22, 2014, Flores-Davis became upset with the victim and burned her with a heated glass pipe that was used to ingest methamphetamine while they were staying at a motel in Westminster. He then used zipties to tie the victim to a chair, duct tape her mouth, and blindfold her. Later in the evening, Flores-Davis duct taped Jane Doe's mouth and used zipties to tie the victim to the bathroom sink where she slept.
Flores-Davis forced the victim to remain under the supervision of Gonzalez-Salinas.
On July 27, 2014, Flores-Davis is convicted of, and Gonzalez-Salinas is accused of the following: physically beating Jane Doe, burning her multiple times with a hot electric clothing iron by placing it on her back, and tying the victim to a chair and tipping it back while pouring water down the victim's mouth and nose.
At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 28, 2014, the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) responded to the motel room where Flores-Davis and the victim were staying in after a receiving a tip through Facebook. CMPD arrested the defendant and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Later that evening, CMPD located Gonzalez-Salinas in a different nearby motel and arrested him.
Members of the OCHTTF and the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Costa Mesa Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Irvine Police Department, Newport Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and community and non-profit partners.
Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit prosecuted this case.
Proposition 35 and HEAT
To read more about California's anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 and the OCDA's Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, please visit www.orangecountyda.org and select Human Trafficking Information from the Media Center drop down menu.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 14WF2844 / May 3, 2017