RIVERSIDE – A Riverside transient, who was already a registered sex offender for a conviction for lewd and lascivious acts with a child was arrested for pimping a runaway teen.
On July 7, 2018, at around 3:06 a.m., Romantix, an adult store in the 3900 block of Market Street reported possible child prostitution being solicited in their store. The employee told police that the female teen was at the store with a man who was soliciting other customers for possible prostitution services. When officers responded to the store they were unable to locate the victim or the suspect. The investigation continued and the female victim was identified.
Detectives learned that the girl had recently returned home after running away from home. Further investigation revealed that the juvenile female victim was with John Titow, 59. They also learned that the juvenile engaged in prostitution services while she was with Titow. On Thursday, August 2, 2018, Titow was contacted and placed under arrest. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center where he faces charges including Procurement of a Child Under 16 for Lewd and Lascivious Acts and Supervising or Aiding a Prostitute.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, please contact Detective L. Blaszak at (951) 353-7205.
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