A man and woman from Rancho Cucamonga who were involved in the adult film industry will be going to trail to face 16 counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 10, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Jason Whitney, 43, and Melinda Smith, 35, were arrested earlier this year in the 10800 block of Church Street.
On Aug. 8, a preliminary hearing was held at Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court, where detectives testified about the evidence in this case.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial against both suspects.
The suspects had also previously been charged with possession of a controlled substance while armed with a handgun, but the judge ruled that there was not sufficient evidence on that charge.
Both subjects were ordered to remain in custody in lieu of $2 million bail. They will be formally arraigned on the charges on Aug. 19, and at that time, a trial date will be set.
The investigation of the case began on Jan. 31, when the female victim told detectives that Whitney and Smith allegedly committed sexual abuse which consisted of inappropriate touching, oral copulation, and digital penetration over a four-month period.
Detectives determined that Smith (also known as "Mercedes Carrera") was an actress who frequently performed in pornographic videos.
It was also determined that Whitney worked as a producer and director of various types of pornographic movies, web shows, and award shows in the adult film industry. Whitney uses the name “Jay Allan” on a social media platform. However, he is better known in the adult film industry as “Daemon Cins.”
When a search of their residence was conducted, detectives located a large amount of evidence corroborating the victim’s statement, the Sheriff's Department said. Additionally, detectives allegedly located methamphetamine and two loaded handguns in the home.
Detectives also learned the two suspects had their bedroom set up so that they could film and record various pornographic videos or web shows.