Sacramento couple accused of sex trafficking teen girls

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Investigators believe there may be additional, unreported victims.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento husband and wife are in jail after they were caught allegedly sex trafficking two teen girls over the weekend.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was patrolling near Watt Avenue and Winona Way in North Highlands on Sunday when he rescued a girl being sex trafficked.

Around 8 p.m., the deputy saw two young girls wearing lingerie near a car, authorities said. He reportedly spoke to the two teens and discovered they were victims of sex trafficking.

Detectives responded and found their alleged traffickers were family friends who they also called their “street parents.”

The two were arrested and identified as 46-year-old John Jeremy Cheso and 35-year-old Shannon Celeste Powell. They were booked into Sacramento County Main Jail and face felony human trafficking charges.

Cheso faces an additional charge of resisting an officer, and his bail is set at $2 million. He is expected to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon. Powell’s bail is set at $1 million, and she is due in court Tuesday.

Investigators believe there may be additional, unreported victims and are asking anyone with information to call them at 916-874-5115.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.