Meriden Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of 3 Teenage Girls
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARLEN DAVIS, 36, of Meriden, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.
According to court documents and statements made in court, at various time between late 2014 and November 2016, DAVIS recruited harbored and transported three females, who at the time were 14, 15 and 16 years old, to engage in commercial acts. DAVIS used the website Backpage.com to advertise the minor victims’ services, and he transported the girls to various Connecticut hotels, including hotels in Meriden, Milford and Hamden, where they engaged in prostitution.
DAVIS has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on December 9, 2016.
Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for November 14, 2017, at which time DAVIS faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life. DAVIS also has agreed to pay restitution to the minor victims.
This matter is being investigated by the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Meriden Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anastasia E. King and Sarala V. Nagala.