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Ex-felon pleads not guilty to charges of forcing girls into prostitution

November 10, 2010 |  1:55 pm

An ex-felon from Hawthorne pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of human trafficking and kidnapping charges related to allegedly forcing two young girls into prostitution, authorities said.

Leroy Bragg, 34, was arrested in September by Hawthrone police after a foot chase through backyards.

He is charged with two counts of human trafficking involving a minor, two counts of kidnapping, two of soliciting a minor under 16 for prostitution, two of pandering by procuring a minor under 16, one of first-degree burglary and one of lewd acts on a child, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Marcia Daniel.

Bragg has three prior convictions for residential burglary. He could face up to life in prison if convicted again. He is being held on $1.3-million bail.

-- Ching-Ching Ni