Youth counselor charged in prostitution case

Feb 25, 2014 5:55 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California mental health counselor for teens has been indicted on charges of child sex trafficking.

The counselor, 27-year-old Justin Crutchfield, was named in an indictment unsealed this month in U.S. District Court in San Jose, and he is accused of using his position to lure two teenagers to work as prostitutes.

Crutchfield — who was arrested in June — worked for the Santa Clara Valley Mental Health Department as a peer counselor for minors and young adults.

Another man, 23-year-old Demontae Toliver, who was arrested a few weeks ago, is also named in the indictment.

San Jose Police Sgt. Kyle Oki says convinced the teens to sell their bodies on busy thoroughfares and on websites like My Red Book.

KGO-TV reports ( ) that calls to the Santa Clara Valley Mental Health Department were not returned.


Information from: KGO-TV.

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