Hoffman announced that four men were indicted today by a state grand jury on first-degree charges of conspiracy, human trafficking and promoting prostitution of a minor for allegedly trafficking a year-old girl in a prostitution ring they operated in hotels in and around Hudson County.
The alleged boss of the ring also is charged with sexually assaulting the girl. The Division of Criminal Justice obtained an indictment charging the following men with conspiracy 1st degreehuman trafficking 2 counts, 1st degreepromoting prostitution of a minor 1st degreeendangering the welfare of 2 counts, 1st and 2nd degreepromoting organized street crime 1st degreefacilitating human trafficking 2nd degreeand promoting prostitution 2 counts, 3rd degree :.
McLeod also is charged with sexual assault 2nd degreeendangering the welfare of 3rd degreeand criminal sexual contact 4th degree. McLeod allegedly used violence or the threat of violence to control the two victims who allegedly were prostituted by the defendants: the year-old and an year-old woman. Once, McLeod allegedly held a gun to the head of the year-old and threatened to kill her.
Other times, he allegedly beat and kicked her. The charges of promoting prostitution of a minor, endangering the welfare ofand sexual assault pertain to the year-old victim.
McLeod and his assistants allegedly put the victims up at hotels, where they were required to prostitute themselves under the control of the defendants. The four defendants were arrested in May. Special Agent in Charge Richard M. When the detective went to the motel, he was met by the year-old girl as well as the year-old victim, who was ased to keep track of her.
After the year-old girl offered the detective sex for money, officers entered the motel room and took custody of the two teenagers. Powell and Jeter allegedly rented hotel rooms in their names for the girls.
Jeter allegedly would share their hotel room, waiting outside as security while the girls were working. McLeod allegedly relied on Jeter, Powell and Hayward to control the girls when he was not around and ensure they were not free to leave.
Hayward allegedly transported the girls between hotels. Hayward, Powell and Jeter also allegedly brought food to the girls or took them out to eat, because McLeod did not let them have any money.
McLeod allegedly collected all of the money from the girls. He allegedly gave Hayward, Powell and Jeter a small percentage of the money, but kept most of it for himself.
Noelle Holl are ased to the case for the Division of Criminal Justice. Garrabrant of the FBI. The charge of first-degree endangering the welfare of carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility equal to 85 percent of the sentence imposed. The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are pd innocent until proven guilty.
Jacobson in Mercer County, who ased the case to Hudson County, where the defendants will be ordered to appear in court for arraignment at a later date. For Immediate Release:.
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The Division of Criminal Justice obtained an indictment charging the following men with conspiracy 1st degreehuman trafficking 2 counts, 1st degreepromoting prostitution of a minor 1st degreeendangering the welfare of 2 counts, 1st and 2nd degreepromoting organized street crime 1st degreefacilitating human trafficking 2nd degreeand promoting prostitution 2 counts, 3rd degree : Michael A. News Index I top.