Self-professed Detroit pimp wants new trial
A self-professed pimp convicted on charges of sex trafficking, producing child pornography and sexually exploiting children wants a new trial.
Detroiter Donald Clifton Allen Jr., known on the streets as “D’Nero Armani,” was convicted by a federal court jury on Dec. 16 in a case that featured clips of his YouTube reality show “D’Nero’s Player Show” and explicit movies, including one of an underage prostitute.
Allen faces up to 30 years in federal prison when sentenced April 27 by U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara.
The FBI and federal prosecutors seized hundreds of hours of video seized from digital cameras and computers that show Clifton chronicling his sexploits on his YouTube reality show and explicit movies, including one of an underage prostitute.
On YouTube, Allen offered advice on “pimpin.” In several flicks, he is surrounded by women giving him back rubs and pedicures or riding shotgun in a jacuzzi.
In May 2012, a federal grand jury indicted Allen after investigators uncovered videos of several prostitutes, according to court records. The next month, in June 2012, agents interviewed another prostitute identified in court records as “Robyn.”
She said Allen recruited her to work as a prostitute and that he placed escort ads in a local tabloid. He also drove her to Atlanta to work as a prostitute, according to court records.
Armed with a search warrant, agents recovered Allen’s camcorder at a Clinton Township pawn shop. Videos found on the camcorder allegedly showed Allen and some of his prostitutes engaged in sex acts and using drugs, the FBI alleged.
Allen also saved self-recorded lectures of him talking about how to be a pimp and “handle” prostitutes, according to court records.
In all, the indictment alleged Allen was involved in sex trafficking of three people, including two minors.
Defense attorney S. Allen Early filed a motion on Monday arguing his client should get a new trial because the evidence was insufficient to convict on three of the four counts. Early also said the trial court created an atmosphere of prejudice by admitting crime evidence over his objections.
No decision has been made on the motion.