JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A 39-year-old man is in custody for allegedly being a pimp for a teenage girl he met through a foster care placement service.
The Jefferson County district attorney has charged Robert Gonzales with 15 counts including child trafficking and sexual assault. Police say he forced the victim, who was in foster care, to take part in child prostitution. The victim was between 14 and 16 at the time.
The girl moved in with her grandmother after her mother died. The grandmother says that she would spend the night a couple of nights a week with a foster mom who was also her school counselor. This is how she met Gonzales, the brother-in-law of the school counselor.
According to police Gonzales started an inappropriate relationship with the young girl and eventually started selling her services to men through Craigslist.
Investigators say he would give the girl drugs and alcohol before taking her to motels where he would force her to have sex with men in exchange for money and drugs.