Prosecutors refile charges against alleged pimp

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA — An Ontario man accused of raping and torturing two women was arrested this week after prosecutors refiled charges in a case that was dropped two months ago.

Tremaine Ulysses Smiler, 39, was arrested in San Bernardino at 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, the same day prosecutors filed an 18-count felony complaint against him.

The counts filed against Smiler, an alleged pimp, are the same that were dropped in July because prosecutors were unable to locate Smiler’s alleged victims to testify in a trial.

Smiler refused to waive his constitutional right to a speedy trial, and he was released from jail shortly after charges were dropped.

Since Smiler’s release prosecutors have found his two alleged victims, who are prepared to testify in the case, said Deputy District Attorney Karen Schmauss.

“I’m very grateful to hear he’s in custody because he’s a dangerous character,” Schmauss said.

According to testimony from his previous case during a preliminary hearing, Smiler committed numerous crimes in July 2009 against a 17-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman.

Smiler allegedly raped and tortured the women, who prosecutors believe he was grooming to work as prostitutes for him. He allegedly met both women in Ontario.

In torturing the women, Smiler allegedly used an electric iron to burn them. He allegedly burned the 30-year-old woman’s lips, leaving them disfigured, according to testimony in the earlier case.

He’s been convicted and imprisoned twice for similar acts — in 1998 for torturing and sodomizing a girlfriend, and in 2004 for raping a woman at gunpoint in Upland, Schmauss said.

Smiler remained jailed Friday in lieu of $1.3 million bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He’s expected to be arraigned Monday at West Valley Detention Center, court personnel said.

Smiler faces life in prison if convicted, Schmauss said.

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