A man who had been a suspect in
sex crimes involving child pornography and human trafficking has been arrested by
police in New Jersey.
The man who was the subject of an investigation in Clearwater, Florida,
had been living about 15 miles south of Bergen County in Jersey City.
The suspect was recently featured on an episode of the popular television
crime show "America's Most Wanted."
Police officials say the man was wanted on charges that include the sex
trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography and being a felon
in possession of a firearm.
A complaint numbering some 23 pages was filed against him in January in
a federal court. The complaint alleges the suspect acted as a pimp for
a 15-year-old girl who had run away from home. He also was reported to
have employed other minors in similar activities. One of the young women
reportedly told police that she was a party to between 15 and 20 sexual
encounters daily at a cost of $200 each. Her actions allegedly generated
an estimated $50,000 in cash for the suspect over a three-week period.
Agents from the FBI, Homeland Security and the Immigration Department arrested
the man without incident. He was eventually found through a tip given
to police about his whereabouts. Officials could not verify that the tip
was generated by someone watching the "America's Most Wanted"
These are the kinds of charges that can haunt a person, even if the allegations
are eventually shown to be false or if the prosecution's evidence
or witnesses don't prove to be credible in court. There's no way
to undo the arrest, but even a federal case can often be effectively challenged
in court by an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
"'Most Wanted' Man Arrested in Sex Crimes Investigation": by Jared Leone: Aug. 31, 2011