Case dropped against girlfriend of Marana runaway's pimp

2013-03-30T00:00:00Z 2013-04-04T12:52:33Z Case dropped against girlfriend of Marana runaway's pimpVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The case against a woman indicted for prostitution of a minor has been dismissed.

Hanaa Shariff of Tempe and her boyfriend, Keshon Derrick-Lavel Jett of Phoenix, were both indicted on two charges of prostitution of a minor in April 2012 for a case involving a Marana teen.

Police investigating an unrelated shooting in March 2012 questioned the 16-year-old and found texts on her cellphone that caused them to believe she was an escort.

The girl eventually told police she ran away and was on her way to her grandmother's home when she was approached by Jett who asked her if she wanted to make quick money.

Jett took photos of the girl and used them in on online ad offering her sexual services and had Shariff teach her about the business, the teen told police.

The teen said she hadn't made any money yet because she backed out of two meetings with clients.

Police officers told her to call Jett and say she made her first $200 and to meet her at an East Benson Highway motel to pick up the cash.

Jett was arrested when he arrived.

Shariff called 911 to report Jett missing and police went to her hotel on North Freeway and arrested her.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Deborah Lee said Shariff's case was dismissed without prejudice in mid-March and she could not give any more information about the dismissal.

Jett pleaded guilty to attempted child prostitution in September 2012 and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years' probation.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or at 573-4224.

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