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Irvine Man Charged with Pimping and Pandering

When the authorities located and responded to an online prostitution advertisement they booked an appointment and allegedly met with a woman in a hotel room that they suspect is the victim of human trafficking. The man they purport is responsible for the illegal sexual activities was arrested.

At the end of May, the Newport Beach Police Department and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force worked together in a sting operation targeting an ad for prostitution services that they discovered online. The website where the content was hosted is reportedly notorious for containing ads for illegal prostitution.

After setting up an encounter through the ad the authorities, posing as a client, planned a meeting with the woman at a Newport Beach hotel. A 32-year-old woman showed up for the ordered date, and it is suspected that she was being forced to prostitute herself.

The man who allegedly drove the woman to the hotel was still at the location and hanging out inside of the bar. He was identified as 51-year-old David Winslow Knaak from Irvine.

In a news release from Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, it is stated that the woman, whose name is not being disclosed, shared a “domestic relationship” with Knaak.

On August 23, Knaak was charged with one felony count of pimping, and one felony count of pandering. If he is convicted as charged Knaak could spend up to six years in prison.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a sexual offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.