Man Found Guilty of Rape and the Pimping and Pandering of a Minor

March 4, 2015
Alex Bastian (415) 553-1931
Max Szabo (415) 553-9089


SAN FRANCISCO – Today, a jury found Jaime Marcelo, age 34 of San Francisco, guilty on four felony counts including rape, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, pimping and pandering. The defendant preyed upon a 16 year old victim whom he knew was a minor at the time the crimes were committed.
“This young woman was terrorized by this predator, but today the community held him accountable for his violent crimes,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “He preyed upon this victim’s vulnerabilities, such as the fact that she was disadvantaged and undocumented.”

Evidence presented at trial by Assistant District Attorney Lili Nguyen revealed how Marcelo lured the victim and friends to his home around the end of October 2010. Once there, Marcelo told the victim, “You ain’t going home.” On the morning of October 28th, Marcelo awoke the sleeping victim while climbing on top of her, and proceeded to forcibly rape her. Out of fear, the victim stayed with the defendant until November 4, 2010, when he was arrested for slashing the tires of a “john” whom he believed did not pay him enough for intercourse with the victim. At this time, SFPD began to investigate allegations of rape and pimping, and in February of 2011 an arrest warrant was issued for Marcelo’s arrest. He was taken into custody on July 30th, 2013 while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Through the diligent investigation conducted by SFPD, police found that Jaime Marcelo had ordered the victim to prostitute herself two times between the months of October and November 2010. The last of these instances came on November 4, 2010, when the 16 year old victim was commanded to have sex with a 38 year old man inside a hot tub establishment.

“He preyed upon young girls and their vulnerabilities,” said ADA Lili Nguyen. “This young girl demonstrated extraordinary courage to come forward, testify, and stand up to this violent man. It’s unknown how many other girls she singlehandedly prevented from being targeted.”

This successful prosecution would not have been possible without the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Nguyen, SFPD Sgt. Vanderbilt, victim advocates Delia Montiel and Christine Ticas, and paralegal Nina Stellini.