On the line was the teenage victim Terry had pimped out and later asked to lie for him in a series of recorded phone calls he made from inside the King County Jail.
“I just want to say I was never a victim, and Anthony Terry was never my pimp,” said the woman, whose call was put on speaker phone. She is now 18 but was 17 when Terry was twice arrested for pimping her out.
Andrus had already heard the woman’s denials during Terry’s bench trial and proceeded unfazed with the hearing, telling Terry that when he is released from prison he is banned from areas of prostitution and will be required to register as a sex offender.
In March, Andrus found Terry guilty of two counts of promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor, second-degree promoting prostitution and witness tampering. Terry claimed he was a drug dealer, not a pimp, but the judge didn’t buy his defense.
He is among the first pimps in King County to be convicted and sentenced under legislation that went into effect in June, making promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor a Class A felony.
“This is the face of misogyny,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sean O’Donnell said of Terry in requesting a 26 ½-year sentence.
He said Terry’s victim “was not a person to him. She was chattel; she was property.”
Pointing to Terry’s “rich criminal history” — which includes convictions for drive-by shooting, unlawful possession of a firearm and narcotics possession — O’Donnell said the last time Terry was released from prison he violated conditions of his community supervision 33 times.
“He’s shown he’s unsuitable, frankly, to be in society. He’s shown he’s certainly not a productive member of society, and a risk to others when he’s out,” O’Donnell said of Terry, 30, of Shoreline.
The case against Terry dates to June, when a Seattle vice detective contacted a 32-year-old woman who had an ad on backpage.com and set up a “date” at Seattle’s Warwick Hotel. The website is owned by Village Voice Media, the parent company of the Seattle Weekly.
The woman was arrested and, working with police, lured Terry to her room under the ruse that she needed more condoms. Terry showed up at her door and ran when he saw the detectives. He was arrested in a hotel hallway with three condoms in his pocket.
The woman didn’t show up in court, even after a warrant was issued to compel her to testify.
In July, Seattle detectives found multiple ads for the then-17-year-old on backpage.com and set up another “date” with her at the Country Inn & Suites in Bothell. Both the girl and Terry were taken into custody at the hotel.
During closing arguments in March, O’Donnell played a series of recorded phone calls between Terry and the 17-year-old, in which Terry can be heard directing her to post photos of herself online to make money to bail him out and pay for an attorney. O’Donnell also held up a screen shot of Terry’s MySpace page, which bore the words “pimp in action.”
In court Thursday, defense attorney Walt Peale notified the judge that Terry planned to appeal his conviction, arguing that Peale had provided ineffective counsel during his trial.
Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org