Bridgeport Man Charged with Forcing Minor into Prostitution
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced that a grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging BRANDON WILLIAMS, also known as “14K,” 35, of Bridgeport, with one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.
The indictment was returned on May 17, 2016. WILLIAMS appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.
As alleged in the indictment, between approximately July 10 and August 26, 2015, WILLIAMS forced a minor victim to engage in commercial sex acts.
WILLIAMS has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on August 26, 2015.
The charge of sex trafficking of a minor carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life, and the charge of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Bridgeport Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and David E. Novick.