PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – September 13th, 2018

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

HPD / RCAHT
Daniel Simpson.
HPD / RCAHT
Rodrick Morris.

In January of 2018, the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT), working in cooperation with the Hemet Police Department, recovered two females involved in commercial sex trafficking along the corridor of W. Florida Avenue in the city of Hemet. At that time, one suspect, identified as Marvonte Dolberry, was taken into custody and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning for violations of pimping, pandering, human trafficking of a minor, oral copulation and unlawful sexual intercourse. Dolberry has remained in Sheriff’s custody since the time of his arrest.
Since January, the RCAHT Task Force has continued this investigation by serving multiple search warrants, obtaining and reviewing additional evidence, and interviewing numerous additional victims and witnesses. As a result of these continued investigative efforts, two additional suspects and a total of fourteen female sex trafficking victims have been identified. Ten of the fourteen victims are juveniles, the youngest being fifteen years of age at the time of the exploitation. The identities of these victims will not be disclosed in this press release.
The additional suspects are identified as Daniel Simpson and Rodrick Morris. RCAHT Task Force officers sought arrest warrants in late June of 2018 for both Simpson and Morris, alleging multiple charges of human trafficking, human trafficking of a minor, pimping and pandering.
Morris, 24, was taken into custody by officers from the Hemet Police Department for his outstanding felony warrant on August 12, 2018 and booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta where he is being held on $2,000,000 bail.
Simpson, 18, was taken into custody by deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station for his outstanding felony warrant on August 30, 2018 and booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta where he is also being held on $2,000,000 bail.
Both Simpson and Morris reside in the city of Hemet.
The investigation revealed that Dolberry, Simpson, and Morris, working in concert, ran a coordinated sex trafficking ring involving the fourteen victims that began in May of 2017. Although Dolberry’s involvement ended with his arrest in January, Simpson and Morris continued their criminal trafficking activities through June of 2018. The sex trafficking occurred extensively in the city of Hemet as well as in various locations in San Diego and Orange Counties. The additional investigation against Simpson and Morris revealed they controlled their victims through force and threats of violence.
The victims in this case were referred to counselors and victim advocates to help them recover from the exploitation they endured.
The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in 2010 to address crimes involving the exploitation of victims via force, fraud, or coercion. These cases often involve the commercial sex trafficking of children, as well as incidents of forced labor, indentured servitude, debt bondage, or slavery. The RCAHT Task Force is a multidisciplinary task force which combines the investigative resources of both local and federal law enforcement. The RCAHT Task Force also provides victim services and education/outreach through partnerships with the non-profit groups Operation SafeHouse and Million Kids. The law enforcement component of RCAHT is currently composed of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, along with the part-time participation of the Hemet Police Department and Riverside Police Department.
The investigation of this incident is continuing and it is believed there may be additional victims that have yet to be identified. Anyone with additional information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Sheriff Daniel Engels at 951 – 955-1700 or via email at dengels@riversidesheriff.org.

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