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Jury convicts Greeley man of 32 counts in human sex trafficking case

Staff reports

Paul Burman

A Greeley pimp who went by the name of Haylo is facing the rest of his life in prison after a Weld District Court jury convicted him of 32 charges involving forcing girls into sexual servitude and child prostitution.

The jury convicted Paul Burman, 33, of a host of crimes after girls whom he pimped throughout northern Colorado and into Nebraska told investigators about his activities. A two-week trial ended with his conviction Thursday.

"This prosecution shows that human trafficking is not simply a big city problem, but unfortunately is a plague which is permeating all of our communities," said Weld District Attorney Michael Rourke in a news release. "Jury verdicts such as this one should send a very clear message that this abhorrent conduct will not be tolerated."

According to a Greeley police affidavit, Burman would find girls on Facebook and offer them chances to make money, then turn them into his prostitutes. The investigation involved the Greeley Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Colorado State Patrol, according to the release.

Police learned of his activities after one girl, who had been in a rehab program, shared her story with authorities. Police also talked to one girl who was pregnant with his child.

According to the Weld District Attorney affidavit, from October 2012 to April 2014, Burman, who went by the name of Haylo, induced several victims, both adults and teenagers, to engage in prostitution with numerous men. He would provide them with alcohol and drugs, and threaten them to force them to stay in his prostitution ring, always keeping the money for himself. Once, he even raped one of the girls, the release stated.

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"Sex trafficking and the sexual abuse of children continue to be huge problems in northern Colorado, and the nation," said Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner in the release. "We will continue to invest every resource we can to combat both. I am very proud of what our investigators and prosecutors were able to accomplish with this particularly evil offender."

Burman will be sentenced in October, and faces up to life in prison. Burman is facing two like charges of internet luring in another county, where there is a $5,000 warrant for his arrest.

This case is not yet over, however.

Fares Al Rashed, 36, who owns Alrashed Auto Sales at 1201 8th Ave., in Greeley, was charged last year with one count each of soliciting for child prostitution, pandering of a child, patronizing a child prostitute and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all felonies.

He was arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage girl during the investigation into Burman's activities by the Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force.

On one occasion in 2014, authorities say Al Rashed and a friend had sex with an underage Platteville girl at his Greeley apartment. The girl was working for Burman.

Burman and Al Rashed's relationship isn't clear from Al Rashed's arrest affidavit, but it appears Al Rashed sold Burman his BMW and possibly a Chevrolet Suburban, which was actually purchased by another one of Burman's underage prostitutes. The two spent a lot of time together at Alrashed Auto Sales drinking and gambling, according to court records. Burman also would often show off his newest prostitutes at the dealership, records stated.

On one of those occasions, Al Rashed told an underage girl to meet him in the dealership bathroom, so he could see what she looked like naked, record stated.

Al Rashed has set his case for trial, which will take place Oct. 17.

What’s Next

Paul Burman will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7. He faces a potential sentence of up to the rest of his natural life in prison. A jury convicted him on 32 counts including felony charges of human trafficking for sexual servitude; pandering of a child-inducing prostitution; two counts of inducement of child prostitution; three counts of pandering of a child-arranging prostitution; two counts of patronizing a child; three counts of pimping; two counts of pimping of a child; two counts of procurement of a child; sexual exploitation of a child-explicit sexual conduct for sexually exploitative material; three counts of soliciting for child prostitution-arranging prostitution; bribing a witness or victim; three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; criminal attempt to commit human trafficking for sexual servitude; criminal attempt to commit pimping; sexual assault; tampering with a witness or victim; pandering-inducing prostitution; criminal attempt to commit pandering-inducing prostitution; sexual exploitation of a child-possession or control; and one misdemeanor count of sexual assault.

Al Rashed has set his case for trial, which will take place Oct. 17. A motions hearing for his trial is scheduled Tuesday.

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