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July 2nd, 2014

Guilty Plea Announced in Human Trafficking Scheme

GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Alexander Adams, 58, of Newburgh, pled guilty before Orange County Judge Nicholas De Rosa, in connection with a sex-trafficking operation that Adams conducted in the Towns of New Windsor and Newburgh. Adams pled guilty to Sex Trafficking, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. When Adams is sentenced on August 19, 2014, he is expected to receive agreed-on sentences of five to fifteen years in prison for the sex-trafficking charge, with concurrent nine-year sentences on the controlled substance and weapon charges.

For nearly four years, between April, 2009, and March, 2013, Adams trolled the streets of the City of Newburgh, recruiting at least ten women, who were often heroin-addicted, homeless, and hungry, into working for him as prostitutes in motels in the Towns of New Windsor and Newburgh. Adams promised the women that he would put them in a clean motel room, bring them food and clothing, and provide them with the drugs that they needed to support their habits. In exchange, Adams made the women continue to act as prostitutes, turning over all their profits to him, never leaving their rooms, never refusing a potential customer, and ending all contact with friends and family. Adams essentially isolated the women in their rooms. Adams threatened the women with physical violence if they failed to adhere to his rules, including incidents where Adams would force women to undress and lie face down on a bed while he whipped them in the buttocks with a belt.

Over the course of a number of months ending March, 2013, an Assistant District Attorney happened to notice that Adams routinely posted bail for young women arrested for prostitution or for small quantities of drugs in the City of Newburgh and in the Towns of New Windsor and Newburgh. That observation led to the investigation that resulted in Adams arrest. Ten of Adams’s victims came forward to assist in the investigation. When Adams was arrested, police executed search warrants in two motels, in Adams’s home, in his storage unit, and in his three vehicles. As a result of those searches, Adams was found to be in possession of over $75,000 in cash, over four ounces of cocaine and heroin, smaller quantities of other narcotics, and numerous photographs of his victims in compromising poses, photos that Adams used to place Internet advertisements for their prostitution services.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New Windsor Police Department, the Town of Newburgh Police Department, and the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of the case. District Attorney Hoovler also commended District’s Attorney’s investigators for their assistance in the investigation.

"Human trafficking has become one of the most insidious forms of abuse in our society," said District Attorney Hoovler, "often resulting in the virtual enslavement of underprivileged women and children who are used for purposes of prostitution and other illegal acts. The disposition in this case, although it can never erase their victimization, provides some measure of justice to the women that the defendant violated."

District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Assistant District Attorney Karen Edelman-Reyes for her work in the prosecution of this very complex case.

The charges against the defendant are accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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