- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man convicted of sexually trafficking two underage girls threatened one of the victims in court before a judge sentenced him to 97 years to life in state prison.

Deputies removed 29-year-old Jamar Geeter from the courtroom Thursday after he claimed he had hired someone to kill the 16-year-old victim, who was present in court, the San Francisco Chronicle reported (https://bit.ly/1SVNIRl).

The outburst occurred while an advocate with the district attorney’s office read a statement from the girl. The girl said she suffered from depression and flashbacks after she returned home.

“The only time I felt safe walking was when I had a Taser with me, or Mace,” she said in her statement. “I used to walk carelessly, out with my friends, but now I feel like I lost my childhood because I live protecting myself day by day.”

A jury convicted Geeter in March of 16 counts of sex trafficking, pimping, pandering and rape following an eight-week trial.

The first victim was 14 when she met Geeter in July 2014. The second was 16 and met Geeter on New Year’s Eve that year.

Both girls said he forced them to have sex with him and threatened them into having sex with other men for money.

The 16-year-old began crying when Geeter threatened her, but didn’t leave the courtroom, the Chronicle said.

Assistant District Attorney Rani Singh said the judge’s determination that Geeter did not have the money to pay the victims restitution was proof that his death threat was empty.

“To make that type of ridiculous statement was just another attempt to garner power over a victim who he has no more power over,” she said.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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