Unanimous Jury Convicts Bronx Pimp

Today’s story about a Bronx man should come with a warning. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you probably understand by now that stories about Backpage have a way of constantly outdoing themselves. Each true account of its victims seems more depraved than the last.

Today’s story is no different. In what we hope to see as an increasingly popular trend in sentencing, the Bronx Backpage pimp could face life in prison after being convicted of sex trafficking girls as young as 8 years old and kidnapping, among other charges, according to federal prosecutors.

Claudius English, 45, was was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors; four counts of sex trafficking of minors, three counts of attempted sex trafficking of minors, kidnapping a minor, and the use of a firearm in furtherance of the kidnapping, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman announced Tuesday.

English faces a statutory maximum sentence of life, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 27 years at the time of his sentencing, prosecutors say.

According to evidence presented during the trial by prosecutors, English sex trafficked multiple minors out of his apartment in the Bronx in 2013 allegedly using the Internet to find, recruit, and lure minor victims to his apartment where he photographed them in sexually suggestive poses.

Prosecutors say that English then sent these photos to clients and created advertisements that he posted on Backpage, who as we’ve seen time and time again, turned a blind eye as they knowingly facilitated these crimes. He allegedly arranged for his clients to pay for sex with at least four minor victims who ended up testifying at his trial against him.

In what may be a new low (even for Backpage!) prosecutors say English sex trafficked girls as young as 8 years old.

On Nov. 15, 2013 English lured a 14-year-old girl from New Jersey to his apartment for the purpose of selling her for sex.  However, when she resisted and said she wanted to leave, English pointed a loaded gun at her head and refused, prosecutors say.

As SDNY attorney Berman said in his statement following the jury’s decision: As unanimous jury determined without hesitation, Claudius English engaged in a predatory reign of terror and exploitation of children – girls as young as 8 years old. Thanks to HSI and the NYPD, English now awaits a lengthy prison sentence.”

Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez shared similar sentiments in a statement, adding: “The heinous acts of this individual robbed his victims of their childhood, and this guilty verdict will ensure that he faces time for his criminal actions.”

Crimes such as this were ignored by Backpage bosses and their chief apologist, Tony Ortega.

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