Lifetime internet ban, 14-year sentence for convicted B.C. pimp

From CTV - February 15, 2018

A Vancouver man convicted of luring and pimping out underage girls has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and given a lifetime ban from using the internet.

Two weeks before his sentencing, Michael Bannon pleaded guilty to 22 criminal charges, including sexual interference.

The 35-year-old man admitted that he used the internet to contact girls as young as 14 years old and persuaded them to meet him at hotels in downtown Vancouver with false promises of modelling work. Once there, he would give them drugs and sell them to men who had responded to online ads he had posted.

On Wednesday, Bannon was handed a hefty sentence of 14 years in prison less time serveda punishment usually reserved for crimes such as manslaughter. Crown prosecutors and defence lawyers agreed to recommend the 14-year sentence to the judge in order to spare Bannons young victims from the additional trauma of testifying during a trial.

Geordie Proulx, the lead prosecutor, told CTV Vancouver that he hopes the lengthy sentence will act as a warning for other criminals.

If 14 years does not deter someone of like mind, I dont know what will, he said outside the courthouse on Wednesday.


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