Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DWAYNE ANTHONY CONLEY, a/k/a “Taquan Rashad,” a/k/a “Q,” a/k/a “Pops,” was sentenced to 11 years in prison for coercion and enticement and the promotion of prostitution of five victims. CONLEY previously pled guilty to those offenses on March 11, 2021, before United States District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Dwayne Conley exploited and victimized women for his financial gain. He coerced his victims into prostitution, including by physical abuse and exploiting a victim’s heroin addiction. For his wanton indifference to the suffering of his victims – indeed, for inflicting that suffering – Conley has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term.”
According to the Superseding Information, publicly filed documents, and evidence presented at the trial of CONLEY’s codefendant Justin Rivera, in or about 2015, CONLEY persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a victim, described in the Superseding Information as “Victim‑3,” to travel from New York to Virginia to engage in prostitution. CONLEY used violence against Victim‑3 on many occasions. CONLEY also exploited Victim‑3’s severe heroin addiction, verbally abused Victim‑3, used Victim-3 to further his narcotics trafficking, and promoted Victim-3’s prostitution.
In or about 2015, CONLEY also attempted to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce two other victims to travel from New York to Virginia to engage in prostitution. CONLEY further promoted the prostitution of two additional victims, including by posting advertisements on the Internet for commercial sex with the victims, and providing heroin to one of the victims. In total, at his sentencing hearing, CONLEY was held accountable for his victimization and exploitation of five different women.
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In addition to today’s prison sentence, CONLEY, 52, of Central Islip, New York, was sentenced to five years of supervised release.
Ms. Strauss thanked Special Agents and Task Force Officers from the FBI-NYPD New York Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Investigations Unit, and Special Agents from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for their outstanding work on this case.
The case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Rushmi Bhaskaran, Benjamin Woodside Schrier, and Daniel H. Wolf are in charge of the prosecution.