Two Long Island men, including a “self-described Crips gang member,” were arrested for the kidnapping and sex trafficking of two girls — one of whom was only 12 years old, police said Thursday.
Fredjy Exavier and Terron Newsome, both 22 and from Central Islip, were arrested Wednesday morning on a slew of charges that stemmed from the sex trafficking of the 12-year-old and a second victim, who was raped at the age of 13 and prostituted, Suffolk County police said.
“I know she’s young,” Exavier told police about the pre-teen, according to court documents. “She looked like 15 or 16, but not 12 years old. I was bringing her to the motel.”
Exavier also told police the teen was a prostitute, according to the criminal complaint: “I was bringing her to the motel. If I don’t do it someone else will.”
Officers rescued the girls around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday from Rodeway Inn MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, after the young victim called her former foster parent, who told police they were being held there “against their will,” and were “waiting for men to have sex with them” police said.
After finding out about the young girl’s phone call, Exavier allegedly tried leaving with the girls, but was intercepted by authorities, who also discovered Newsome in the motel room.
The pair had groomed the girls for sex and picked up their vulnerable victims from a “secured group facility,” around 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to court records. The 12-year-old had been reported missing.
“Further investigation revealed Exavier and Newsome picked up the girls from the group home where they live and drove them to the motel where Newsome attempted to have the 12-year-old girl engage in sexual activities with him and encouraged her to become a prostitute,” according to a press release from the arrest.
Law enforcement officials said the 17-year-old was just 13 when she started working for Newsome as a prostitute in the beginning of 2014. He allegedly raped her during that period, according to police and court documents, and had let other members of his gang rape her at that age too.
“I used to work prostitutes a while ago when I was a Crip,” he told cops, according to documents. “I also used to hook up with [name withheld] years back, but haven’t had sex with her in a few years.”
Newsome told cops he “didn’t want to prostitute” the 12-year-old, according to the criminal complaint. He was charged with rape, sex trafficking, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond, a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County DA’s office said.
Exavier was charged with sex trafficking and kidnapping. His bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.