Alleged pimp arrested in connection to juvenile prostitution case

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: January 19, 2012, 8:55 PM

 

An alleged pimp has been arrested in connection to a juvenile prostitution case at a Salmon Creek hotel.

Shannon S. Daniels, 20, a transient, made his first appearance Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of promoting the commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

Judge Barbara Johnson set bail at $100,000 and appointed attorney Steven Rucker to represent him.

Arraignment was set for Feb. 2.

Prosecutors allege Daniels rented a room at the La Quinta Inn in the 1500 block of Northeast 134th Street for a juvenile girl. An undercover officer with the Innocence Lost Task Force arranged a “date” with the girl after finding her online ad.

When officers arrived at the hotel Wednesday, they reportedly found Daniels waiting in the lobby. After talking with the girl, officers interviewed Daniels, who had $2,272 in cash rolled up in his pants pocket, according to court documents. The girl told officers that Daniels holds her money for safekeeping.

The girl’s age was not listed in court documents; her current whereabouts also are unknown.