San Bernardino Man Gets 185 Years for Raping, Trafficking Woman He Lured With Music-Career Promises

A San Bernardino man who raped a woman and forced her to work as a prostitute after luring her with promises to help her music career has been sentenced to 185 years to life in state prison, prosecutors announced Friday.

Demetrius Manning is seen in a booking photo released by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office on June 2, 2017.

Demetrius Manning, 29, was found guilty in May 2015 of human trafficking, rape, false imprisonment, criminal threats, felony assault and kidnapping for rape, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said.

He was sentenced Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear why his sentencing occurred more than two years after his conviction.

After meeting the 23-year-old victim, Manning “lured her in by telling her that he could help her with her music career,” a DA’s news release stated.

“When she got to his residence she realized that he didn’t have any interest in helping her with her music but forced himself on her, raping her and forcing her to perform other sex acts,” said Lead Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez, who prosecuted the case and heads the DA’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

Manning told the victim he would make her work as a prostitute under the name “Treasure” and would turn over all the money she made to him.

Manning was arrested Feb. 10, 2015, inmate records indicate.

San Bernardino police worked the case, the DA’s office said.