Update: Andrew Sorsensen’s family spoke to NBC about their son who was murdered. They said they were horrified to find out the details of their son’s death through news media and that their son was not a sex trafficker. They say that John Eisenman Sr. and his family are demonizing a developmentally disabled young man who was born with autism and cerebral palsy.
John Eisenman Sr told police that he killed Andrew Sorsensen after finding out that Sorsensen sold his daughter in a $1,000 sex trafficking deal in Seattle, but Sorensen’s parents told NBC News that he is saying that to save himself from a long prison sentence.
“He was a disabled kid. He didn’t have the capability to sex traffic anybody.” Sorensen’s father said. “We didn’t get to tell our side of the story because there is so much more out there about all of this that needs to come out,” Theresa Sorensen, Andrew’s mother said. “We spent a year searching for him and hoping he would return. Claims by his confessed killer have been very hurtful and only added to our family’s grief. The word alleged means of an incident without proof. It has already been reported; both the FBI and Washington State Patrol said there is no sex trafficking investigation into the victim”, said another family member.
John Eisenman is being held on $1 million bond in the Spokane County Jail. Brenda and Ashleye Kross launched a fundraiser to raise funds to pay for his defense.
NBC searched it’s databases and did not find another story like Eisenman’s, but Kyra Doubek, an executive director of Washington Trafficking Prevention says, “the most common form of entry in sex trafficking is with the promises of love”.
Experts told NBC that the way Eisenman claims his daughter wound up in the clutches of sex traffickers is all too common, and the men who force them into prostitution even have a name, “Romeo Pimps”.
“They target a vulnerable young person and make them believe they are loved. Young women are especially vulnerable to someone who will make them believe this is their first big love.” Tricia MacFarlan of Mirror-Ministries in Richland, Washington, told reporters.
Theresa Sorensen said, “Our son had an IQ of 81. If anybody could be taken advantage of, it was him”.
The original story:
A Dad, 60-year-old John Eisenman Sr. in Washington State killed his daughter’s boyfriend, Andrew Sorsensen because he sold her in a $1,000 sex trafficking deal in Seattle. Police say Eisenman was able to rescue his daughter and get her back to the Spokane area shortly after she was taken. Now his bond is $1 Million.
Eisenman had no recent criminal history or any violent criminal history. The Spokane County detention center records show his bond is set at $1 million. Cops say that John Eisenman beat and stabbed a young man to death in retaliation for allegedly forcing Eisenman’s juvenile daughter into sex trafficking.
“In October 2020 Eisenman learned his juvenile daughter was allegedly sold to a sex-trafficking organization in the Seattle area. Eisenman obtained information his daughter’s boyfriend (the deceased) may have been the one responsible for her sale. Eisenman was able to rescue his daughter and get her back to the Spokane area in October 2020”, police reported.
“Eisenman waited for the victim and confronted the 19-year-old as he arrived,” a policeman said. “During that encounter Eisenman abducted the victim, tying him up and placing him in the trunk of a vehicle. Eisenman subsequently assaulted the victim by hitting him in the head with a cinder block and then stabbed him repeatedly, causing his death.”
Eisenman drove the car to a remote area in north Spokane County and abandoned it there. Police says that Sorsensen’s body remained in the vehicle, undiscovered until when in October a third-party who did not know about the body took the car and drove it to Spokane. People rummaging through an abandoned car in the 1800 block E. Everett Ave. on Oct. 22 alerted police to the “foul smelling remains.
“The vehicle, with the body still in the trunk, was abandoned at the Everett location,” police said. “While parked on Everett, individuals were rummaging through the car and taking items when they made the gruesome discovery.”
Detectives say Eisenman Sr. learned his juvenile daughter was allegedly sold to a sex-trafficking organization in the Seattle area in Oct. 2020 for $1,000. Eisenman believes the then 19-year-old boyfriend, Andrew Sorsensen is responsible for her selling her. He faces a count of first-degree murder and is held on a $1 million bond.
Spokane Washington Police Department’s Facebook post is here