Crime

Attorney in trafficking case seeks girl’s elementary school records

An attorney representing a 16-year-old accused of pimping wants to review the elementary school records of the girl he allegedly pimped out, according to a motion filed in November. But the school has refused to turn over the records without consent from the girl or her parents.

Nikko Xavier Anaya of Manteca has been charged as an adult with felony human trafficking and dissuading a witness. Anaya pimped out his 15-year-old girlfriend to as many as 20 men this past July before police kicked in a motel door in San Luis Obispo and rescued her, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

Anaya has pleaded not guilty.

In a motion filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Nov. 20, attorney Stephen Dunkle wrote that Anaya’s girlfriend made false accusations against Anaya, his client, leading to Anaya’s arrest. Dunkle sent a subpoena to Joseph Widmer Jr. Elementary School, which the girl attended until eighth grade, seeking “any and all disciplinary records” concerning the girl. Those records, Dunkle’s motion states, could be used to shed light on the case and the credibility of Anaya’s girlfriend.

However, an attorney for the Manteca Unified School District responded in a letter that “the District cannot provide confidential student records without the prior written consent” of the victims, and/or her parents or a court order. It followed up with its own court motion.

Dunkle now asks that the court order the release of those records, saying Anaya’s right to a fair trial trumps the girl’s right to privacy.

“He is facing a potential sentence of 15 years to life,” Dunkle wrote.

Anaya is due in court again Jan. 20. Three others — Brianna Day Morales, 20, of Chico, Fabio Bettencourt Silveira, 20, of Chico, and Elijah Joel Wolfson, 19, of Manteca — have also been charged with human trafficking in the case.

The prosecution contends that the girl was prostituted over a six-day span, beginning in Santa Cruz. The defendants allegedly advertised the girl online, offering her for $180 for 30 minutes.

Patrick S. Pemberton: 805-781-7903, @ppemberton

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