Man sentenced to prison in Reno prostitution investigation

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WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of coercing two runaway girls into prostitution in Reno.

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says 28-year-old Harvey Reyes-Parrish must serve 8 years and 6 months in prison before being eligible for parole. His convictions include Trafficking a Controlled Substance, Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Coercion with Force.

The case stems from a February 2019 investigation into two runaway girls. The Reno Police Department responded to their locations and after further investigation, found evidence Reyes-Parrish and several others had coerced the girls into prostitution.

Reyes-Parrish was found in March and arrested on the narcotics and weapons charges during a traffic stop. He was later charged in connection with the coercion case.

Co-defendant, 26-year-old Jennifer Sandoval-Yuriar, pled guilty in August to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking and was sentenced to a suspended term of 2 to 5 years in prison. Co-defendant, 20-year-old Kayla Pace, pled guilty in June to one count of Coercion with Use of Physical Force and was sentenced to one year in prison.

At sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Tyson League argued that Reyes-Parrish presented a significant risk to the community. He added that, the defendant was unafraid to victimize others, used intimidation to get what he wanted and made a permanent impact on the lives of those he victimized, all deserving of a long prison sentence.

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