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NORWALK MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that THEODORE BRIGGS, also known as “PeeJaye,” 23, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport to one count of transportation of an individual under the age of 18 with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
          
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting sex trafficking crimes that involve the victimization of minors,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein.  “I want to commend ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Norwalk Police Department for their vigilance in investigating this heinous criminal activity.”
           
According to court documents and statements made in court, BRIGGS and others were involved in a prostitution business.  In pleading guilty, BRIGGS admitted that, in November and December 2010, he knowingly prostituted a minor female victim.  At the time, the girl was 14-years-old.  BRIGGS and others transported the minor victim from Connecticut to New York and Atlantic City, N.J., to engage in prostitution.  As part his prostitution enterprise, BRIGGS posted photographs of the minor victim on a website known as Backpage.com.  BRIGGS kept most, if not all of the proceeds that the victim earned for engaging in sex acts with men.
           
BRIGGS is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall on January 13, 2012, at which time BRIGGS faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
           
This matter is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Norwalk Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds and Krishna R. Patel.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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