2 Men Sentenced for Trafficking Teenage Girls

Dimas Omar Hernandez and Franklin Rivera-MendietaDimas Omar Hernandez and Franklin Rivera-Mendieta (Submitted Images)

WEST CHESTER, PA — Two Chester County County residents have been sentenced in court to imprisonment on their conviction of corrupt organizations, trafficking minors, conspiracy, involuntary servitude, rape, kidnapping, sexual exploitation of children, and related charges, announced Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan.

Chester County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alita Rovito this week sentenced Dimas Omar Hernandez, “Adonys,” 36, of Malvern to 35-70 years and Franklin Rivera-Mendieta, “Mono,” 27, of Downingtown to 25-50 years for trafficking teenage girls for sex at multiple locations in East Whiteland Township in 2020.

Five other individuals who paid to have sex with the teenage victims were also arrested in East Whiteland Township. They are Diana Ordonez, age 27; Luis Cabrera Peralta, age 31; Nestor Ruiz, age 47; Juan Humberto Ortiz Ortiz, age 37; and Carlos Villatoro Gallegos, age 25. They have all pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

“As a result of their greed and callousness, the defendants subjected these victims to a nightmare where they were repeatedly assaulted and forced to commit unimaginable acts,” said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan. “These victims were trapped in a vicious cycle of sexual abuse, but they displayed incredible strength and courage, saving themselves and others from future abuse at the hands of these real-life monsters. We thank Detective Sergeant Trish Doyle, East Whiteland Township PD, Chester County Detectives, Homeland Security Investigations, Senior DDA Erin O’Brien and ADA Karen Brindisi for their hard work to dismantle this criminal organization and get the justice these victims deserve.”

According to information presented to the court, on May 17, 2020, East Whiteland Township Police were contacted by the Fairfax Virginia Sheriff’s Office about a missing 14-year-old child whose friend reported receiving a Facebook message from the child with her location, indicating that she wasn’t safe and wanted to leave. Investigators began searching for the child but were unable to find her until she eventually got a message to her mother with a date and time to meet at a Wawa on Lancaster Avenue in East Whiteland. The child was able to escape and was rescued by law enforcement on May 30, 2020. She told police that she had been held against her will and forced to have sex for money with multiple people each day at three locations in East Whiteland Township. She was told her mother would be killed if she did not comply.

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The child told investigators that she was recruited by a woman named Tiny at a party in Washington D.C., picked up by one of the co-defendants in Maryland where she was living, and brought to an apartment in Malvern. She said Tiny and one of the co-defendants took her to Walmart to buy “sexy clothes” and then took pictures of her that were used for advertising her for sex.

A second victim, an 18-year-old from Virginia, was also identified during the investigation. She was promised a job in a bar but instead was brought to East Whiteland Township to have sex for money. She reported that during the time she was held against her will, she was forced to ingest drugs, sexually assaulted by one of the co-defendants, and threatened with bodily harm. She told investigators that she managed to escape after being held for three weeks in February and March 2020.

Both victims told detectives that one of the co-defendants served as a doorman and collected money from individuals who paid to have sex.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan commended the East Whiteland Township Police Department and Chester County Detectives for the investigation which led to the successful prosecution of Hernandez and Rivera-Mendieta. Deputy District Attorney Erin O’Brien and Assistant District Attorney Karen Brindisi prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Call Childline at 1-800-932-0313 if you suspect a child is being abused. Learn to recognize, react, and report child sexual abuse by taking a free virtual Stewards of Children workshop. Contact County Coordinator Ozzie Mendoza at [email protected] or 610-344-5576 for more information.

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