Online Pimpstress Makes A Bad Witness

What not to do if you’re accusing someone of forced prostitution: list your job title as “head pimptress in charge.”

Today, the San Francisco Public Defender’s office sent out an email applauding their work defending a man accused of assault. They, appropriately, noted that their defense was boosted by the spectacularly dumb information posted on Facebook by the man’s accuser. To wit:

[Anthony] Dorton was arrested Sept. 19, 2011 after a 35-year-old woman told police he pulled her out of his car by her hair, grabbed her cell phone, threw her to the ground and punched her in the head following an argument…

The woman claimed Dorton, a recently laid-off cable installer with no criminal record, also forced her into prostitution… During the two week trial, [Deputy Public Defender Qiana] Washington confronted the woman with images of her Facebook page, in which the woman listed her profession as a self-employed “head pimptress in charge.” She further bragged of earning a graduate degree in the double majors of “Advanced Pimpin” and “keepin hoes in LINE!!!” The woman frequently wrote about supervising and punishing prostitutes in additional Facebook comments, Washington said.

Once more, with emphasis:

…woman listed her profession as a self-employed “head pimptress in charge.”

And:

She further bragged of earning a graduate degree in the double majors of “Advanced Pimpin” and “keepin hoes in LINE!!!”

Facebook wasn’t the only place where the woman was making her presence felt. Again, from the press release:

Washington presented several ads on prostitution websites showing the woman’s images and listing her cell phone number. One posting, advertising the services of a 17-year-old prostitute, lists the older woman’s number. On the stand, the woman admitted to taking explicit pictures of the teenager and fielding her calls, but denied she was her pimp.

Ok then. If you’re going to make up a story about a man being your pimp, try not to be a pimp. On Facebook, of all places.

Disclosure: My boyfriend works at the SF Public Defender’s Office but he didn’t, unfortunately, have anything to do with this case.

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