Attorney General announces verdict in Denver domestic sex trafficking case

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Jefferson County jury has convicted Dallas Colby Cardenas (DOB: 9/3/1991) of trafficking of a child, pimping, pimping of a child and two other related charges for his role in pimping two individuals between May 2010 and June 2010.

According to the indictment, handed down in October 2010, Cardenas trafficked a 17-year-old female and pimped another, forcing both to participate in prostitution in the Denver and Lakewood areas. Cardenas had sexually suggestive Craigslist ads posted and coerced the two victims to have sex with individuals who responded to the advertisements.

Cardenas’ codefendant, Ryan Keith Jenkins (DOB: 1/25/1987), pleaded guilty to pandering as a class-three misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, June 20.

The Office of the Attorney General obtained the indictment and prosecuted the pair with the assistance of the Denver Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Janet Drake, a member of the Colorado Human Trafficking Task Force, and Deputy District Attorney Abbey DeBoyes of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case. Detective Brent Struck of the Lakewood Police Department was the lead detective on the case and assisted with the prosecution.

Cardenas is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, August 16 at 8 a.m. in Jefferson County District Court.



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