A felon from Compton was sentenced Monday to more than 13 years behind bars for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl he was apparently attempting to add to his “stable of prostitutes.”
Darrius “Biz” Marques Sutton, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. to serve 10 years of supervised release following the 160-month federal prison term. He previously pleaded guilty to a federal sex trafficking charge.
Sutton and three co-defendants “engaged in a month-long spree of sexual assaults on minors, production of child pornography, and human trafficking conduct that was truly beyond the pale,” prosecutors wrote in pre-sentencing papers.
In July and August 2011, Sutton repeatedly raped the victim “and recorded himself and others doing so — at times while she was unconscious,” according to the document filed in Los Angeles federal court.
Images of the girl were posted on the prostitution website Backpage.com in order to lure customers.
In a letter to the court, Sutton — whose mother is a custody assistant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department — admitted having done “horrible things” to the victim and said he was “disgusted by what I’ve done.”
Federal prosecutors wrote that Sutton “appears to have taken delight in subjecting his victims to inhumane and humiliating treatment while breaking them into his stable of prostitutes.”
Sutton, along with Darius Dajohn Burks, 28, of Los Angeles, Edwin Donnell Franklin, 29, of Bellflower, and Burks’ 32-year-old brother, Leprinceton “Dapper P” Burks of Carson, were indicted in August 2015 on multiple federal charges stemming from the production of child pornography involving the 15-year-old victim.
The indictment followed state court prosecutions of the men, who were convicted in 2012 of charges that included conspiracy to commit human trafficking, conspiracy to pimp a minor, sexually assaulting an unconscious victim and statutory rape.
They previously received — and completed — sentences of up to four years and four months in state prison, federal prosecutors said. Sutton served 18 months of his four-year state sentence and was released in 2013.
In the state case, the men were prosecuted for transporting minors from the Inland Empire to Long Beach to work as prostitutes in North Hollywood.
At the time, police described Sutton and the Burks brothers as East Coast Crips gang members.