Woman admits pandering charge
February 28, 2012
A 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman faces up to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted pandering.
Sarah Danielle Groves admitted the charge stemming from her arrest Jan. 25 at a Stateline casino where she was accused of running an illegal prostitution ring operating as an adult business called “Sarah’s VIP Girls.”
Groves said she had an escort business and admitted driving a woman to a casino hotel room and giving her a condom.
“I knew she would trade sex for money and I would get part of that money,” Groves said.
Groves’ attorney, Derrick Lopez, said charges were dropped for insufficient evidence against codefendant Fonzie Frank Preader, 33.
Lopez asked that the Department of Alternative Sentencing remove Groves’ ankle monitor and she be allowed to resume contact with Preader.
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District Judge Dave Gamble agreed to the request and set sentencing for April 17.
The charge can be treated as a felony or gross misdemeanor.
Groves was ordered previously to disconnect the telephone number, and take down all websites which she administered for her business.