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NORWALK MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR SEX TRAFFICKING MINORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that THEODORE BRIGGS, also known as “PeeJaye,” 23, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for operating a prostitution business that advertized on the internet and employed two minor girls, including a 14-year-old.
           
“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 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 that BRIGGS ran out of his apartment in Norwalk.  As part of his business, BRIGGS knowingly prostituted two minor girls, ages 14 and 17. 
           
BRIGGS has admitted that he and others transported the 14-year-old girl from Connecticut to New York and Atlantic City, N.J., to engage in prostitution.  As part his prostitution enterprise, BRIGGS posted photographs of the girl 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.
           
On October 25, 2011, BRIGGS pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of an individual under the age of 18 with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
           
BRIGGS has been detained since his arrest on December 20, 2010.
           
This matter was 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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