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SACRAMENTO --

Two suspects are behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl and trying make her work as a prostitute.

Imani Bryant and Devonte Wright were in a Sacramento County courtroom Friday afternoon for an arraignment and are being held on $2 million bail after being arrested Wednesday on charges of unlawfully causing a minor to engage in commercial sex acts and pimping and pandering of a person under 18.

Wright was also charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and Bryant was charged with unlawful penetration with a foreign object.

The situation started on July 4th at the Roseville Galleria when the teenage victim was approached by 20-year-old Bryant and 25-year-old Wright. They exchanged contact information and days later the teen reached out to the two and was taken to a North Highlands home on the 3700 block of David Drive.

That's when the unthinkable happened.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department the teen was sexually assaulted in the home then the next evening was given tight, revealing clothes to wear and sent out with Bryant on the streets to solicit sex for money.

Patrolling officers stopped the two and determined the victim was underage, however at the time did not make note of any crimes taking place because the teen was not forthcoming with information.

"Female victims are reluctant to do so because there are elements of fear, duress, there's a menacing aspect," said Sergeant Jason Ramos with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Ramos said through an investigation they found out exactly what happened.

The victim is now back at home with her family and her mother posted to Facebook saying, "We are happy these monsters are off the streets. And a huge thank you to all the detectives that made this happen!”

Wright's mother was in court Friday and said she thinks the charges are bogus and her son is innocent.

The two will be back in court on July 28.