Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DARRYL MORRIS, also known as “King Sincere,” 33, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 168 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for sex trafficking of a minor.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in November 2014, MORRIS met a 15-year-old girl who was working in prostitution in New York. Shortly thereafter, MORRIS brought the minor victim to his home in Bridgeport and arranged to have advertisements of her prostitution services posted on Backpage.com. The minor victim then began to see prostitution customers at MORRIS’s residence and gave the money she received to MORRIS. MORRIS also drove the minor victim to other locations in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., where she saw prostitution customers.
The minor victim worked as a prostitute for MORRIS from November 2014 to April 2015, and from November 2015 to May 2016, seeing approximately 10 customers per day.
MORRIS engaged in sexual activity with the minor victim, and began beating her a few weeks after she arrived in Bridgeport.
On May 2, 2016, investigators found the minor victim at a hotel in East Hartford after she contacted her mother who then called police. MORRIS had recently beaten the minor victim, who had visible scars and signs of physical abuse. She also had a tattoo on the back of her neck with the name “King Sin” underneath a large bar code.
MORRIS has been detained since his arrest on August 16, 2016. On May 12, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.
Judge Meyer ordered MORRIS to pay the minor victim restitution of $100,000, which is a conservative estimate of how much money the minor victim earned in prostitution when she was with MORRIS.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bridgeport Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Stratford Police Department and New York Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and Stephen B. Reynolds.