Folsom Prison loses inmate to feds on new charges

By: Roger Phelps The Telegraph
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One inmate released recently from Folsom State Prison could not have been happy about it. Aaron Pierre Brown, 28, of Hayward, who was in prison only for a parole violation, was released into custody of federal authorities who arrested him on suspicion of sex trafficking of minors. Evidence of a computer-run child-prostitution ring turned up in a search last September of Brown's Hayward apartment, announced Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lt. Dave Zaniroli of Folsom State Prison said he doubted that Brown's fellow inmates had knowledge of Brown's alleged activities. "He never had a problem here with the 'cons,'" Zaniroli said. "(An inmate) is not going to share those details in a main-line prison." A criminal complaint alleges Brown used "force, fraud and coercion" to control two girls whose explicit photographs he posted on a Web site. The girls had been clients of a Los Angeles-based group home. The Web site contained hundreds of other explicit photos of children, and solicited acts of child prostitution at numerous hotels around California and Arizona. Sacramento Police Department detectives were among officials at several agencies that assisted the FBI in the investigation, according to Mrozek. Brown is also charged with transporting a minor for purposes of prostitution, also a federal offense. The investigation of Brown came as part of the FBI's so-called "Innocence Lost Initiative," which involves "increased efforts to address the growing problem of children forced into prostitution," Mrozek announced. According to USA Today, the FBI's nationwide crackdown produced 543 arrests and 94 convictions in its first three years of operation.