Brookyln Resident Indicted for Sex Trafficking Minors
Yesterday, a 12-count superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging Alvaun Thompson, also known as “LP,” “Love Pimpin,” “Legit Pimp” and “AT,” with three counts of child sex trafficking, one count of production of child pornography, and various other prostitution-related offenses. The defendant’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday, September 21, 2015, before United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser.
The charges were announced by Kelly T. Currie, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office; and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.
As alleged, from 2013 until his arrest in January 2015, the defendant recruited and enticed two minor victims to engage in prostitution and commercial sex acts. One of Thompson’s victims was 13 years old when he began exploiting her through commercial sex. While inducing one minor victim to engage in sexually explicit activity, the defendant used his cell phone to create a pornographic video recording of the minor. The defendant regularly promoted and managed his prostitution business over the Internet and on two occasions transported his victims to other States intending for them to engage in prostitutions.
“As alleged, the defendant sexually exploited vulnerable minor victims for profit,” stated Acting United States Attorney Currie. “We will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who would sexually exploit our children.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Rodriguez stated, “The sexual exploitation of children promotes the practice of inducting innocent victims into a life of prostitution and trapping them in a life of misery. This is an epidemic that is spreading rapidly throughout the nation, and the migratory nature of these crimes makes it critical for the FBI and our law enforcement entities to work together to tackle this widespread problem.”
“There is no place in our city for the abuse of minors, particularly when the crime is sexual in nature. I commend the work of the NYPD investigators, FBI agents, and the prosecutors of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York who have tirelessly pursued this case,” said Police Commissioner Bratton.
If convicted, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years’ imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s General Crimes Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew J. Jacobs and Jennifer S. Carapiet are in charge of the prosecution.
- Alvaun Thompson
- Age: 28