SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS)—The chief executive and founder of an Ontario-based food company, who is facing charges of having sex with underage prostitutes, has resigned, the company announced Oct. 9.
Ian Charles Schenkel founded Haliburton International Foods in 1992. Dan Glick, a management and financial advisor to the company, was appointed on Oct. 8 to replace Schenkel as CEO.
Schenkel is free on $100,000 bond and scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 12 in the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. He could face more than 10 years in prison if convicted at trial.
The allegations came to light in October 2019 when a father reported to Newport Beach police that his teenage daughter had engaged in sexual relations with Schenkel, prosecutors said.
The girl accused Amanda Emilia Perez of pimping her to men, including Schenkel, prosecutors alleged. She is also accused of pimping another teenage girl for Schenkel, prosecutors said. The victims were 15 and 16, prosecutors alleged.
Schenkel, 59, of Newport Beach, was charged Sept. 29 with a count of statutory rape, a count of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a victim younger than 16, oral copulation of a person younger than 16, lewd act on a child 14 or 15, a count of statutory rape of a minor three years younger than the perpetrator, oral copulation of a person younger than 18, sexual penetration by foreign object of a victim younger than 18, and two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution with a minor, according to court records.
Perez, 22, of Huntington Beach, was also charged in connection with the case. She is accused of arranging to bring underage prostitutes to Schenkel, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Perez is charged with human trafficking of a child, pimping a prostitute younger than 16, pandering a child younger than 16, and human trafficking of a victim younger than 16. She was also charged with pimping a minor older than 16 and a count of pandering a minor for prostitution.
Perez is free on $70,000 bond and faces up to 14 years and eight months in prison if convicted at trial.
Schenkel is also charged with misdemeanor hit and run with property damage, driving on a suspended license, and failure to provide proof of insurance, an infraction, for a Jan. 17 incident investigated by the California Highway Patrol in Fullerton, according to court records.
Schenkel is also facing a driving under the influence case from November 2019.