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Backpage CEO Arraigned on Child Pimping Charges


Sacramento, California - Carl Ferrer, 55, CEO of Backpage, an online classified website that hosts “escort” ads selling children for sex, was arraigned yesterday in Sacramento Superior Court, on 10 felony charges, including pimping of a minor, pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping and Backpage controlling shareholders, Michael Lacey, 68, and James Larkin, 67, were arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit pimping.

At the hearing, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman discussed bail for the three defendants and Ferrer was ultimately released on $500,000 bail and Lacey and Larkin were each released on $250,000 bail.  A court hearing was set has been scheduled for November 16.