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Child pimping ringleader gets at least 120 years

Posted at 5:05 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 19:05:26-04

The convicted ringleader of a group that prostituted girls in Lakewood will spend 120-years-to-life in prison.

Daniel Byron Onodera was convicted in June of being the ringleader of a group of seven men and women charged with prostituting children between January and May of 2012. They were based out of the Timberleaf Apartments in Lakewood.

Onodera's sentence was handed down Tuesday.

Victims in the case were a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, according to Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the District Attorney. Both were runaways who had been lured by methamphetamine provided by Onodera.

Onodera was also designated a sexually violent predator by the judge who oversaw the case, Russell said.

During his June trial, Onodera was found guilty of eight felonies. Those included pandering of a child, pimping of a child, keeping a place of prostitution and soliciting for child prostitution.