FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28, 2018
East New York Man Sentenced to up to 16 Years in State Prison
For Promoting Prostitution of Two 14-Year-Old Girls
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that an East New York man was sentenced to eight to 16 years in prison following his guilty plea last month to promoting prostitution for offering two 14-year-old girls to men who paid to have sex with them.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Protecting our children and youth is one of my highest priorities. With today’s sentence, this defendant will spend many years in prison for his criminal behavior that took advantage of two vulnerable girls.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Anthony Young, a.k.a., Royalty, 30, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today to an indeterminate term of eight to 16 years in prison following his guilty plea last month to one count of first-degree promoting prostitution before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, between March and August 2016, Young prostituted two 14-year-old girls in Brooklyn, Hempstead, Huntington, and Westbury, New York; and Elizabeth, New Jersey, posting photos of them alongside advertisements for escort services.
The defendant rented several rooms at the Howard Johnson hotel on Rockaway Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn, as well as at other locations. Men came to the locations and paid to have sex with the girls. Furthermore, according to the investigation, Young drove the underage girls to other locations in Brooklyn, as well as Long Island and New Jersey to have sex with men for money. Young was physically violent towards both victims and they had to turn over their earnings to the defendant.
The case was investigated by New York City Police Department Detective David Mills, Detective James Rufle and Detective Adrian Campos of the Human Trafficking Team, Vice Enforcement Division, under the supervision of Lieutenant Christopher Sharpe and Captain Thomas Milano, and the overall supervision of Inspector James Klein. Police Officer Tony Cuoco of the NYPD’s 75th Precinct assisted in the investigation.
Senior Intelligence Analyst Brooke Middleton of the District Attorney’s Crime Strategies Unit assisted in the investigation.
The District Attorney thanked Sergeant Patricia Gusmano, of the Special Victims Unit at the Union County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office for her assistance in the investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney David Weiss, of the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Laura Edidin, Unit Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau.