Bed-Stuy pimp gets 15 years for trafficking 12-year-old girls
A Bedford-Stuyvesant man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for running a prostitution ring and recruiting girls as young as 12 years old to have sex with older men for money.
Between January 2014 and June 2014, Brian Adams, 35, with his wife and single mother Tatiana Daniel, used Facebook to scout and recruit girls ages 12 to 20 for sex acts, some of whom lived with Adams and used sex to pay the rent in his Bed-Stuy home, according to court documents.
Adams would then judge their body appearance and approve or deny the girls for his illegal business.
“A mere sorry is not a way to start the healing,” Adams said to Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn Federal Court. “This sentence is the only way I can redeem myself.”
In the two-day sentencing that began on Thursday, defense attorney Norman Trabulus used Adams’ upbringing as an argument for the mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
“Mr. Adams was born into … what I would call a continuous crime scene of sexual abuse,” Trabulus said.
Trabulus told the judge that Adams’ father was sexually and physically abusive, reportedly dangling Adams out a window as a child and threatening him with a knife to his throat. He went further to say Adams’ brothers and sisters were all sexually abusing each other as children.
“He was treated horribly as a child but we’ve got to deal with the person that he is today,” Weinstein said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Robotti supported his recommended sentence of 27 to 33 years by reading a statement by Adams’ wife.
“Mr. Adams tried to kill me in so many ways every day,” the statement read. “I’ve tried to kill myself.”
The statement read on to allege that Adams raped his young wife when she was 14, in what he called his “p—ywagon.”
Adams then allegedly forced her to have sex with his five coworkers while he watched and waited to have sex with her after.
In addition to the sexual abuse, his wife wrote that Adams physically abused her and threatened to have her deported if she told anyone about his crimes.
Trabulus pointed out that the wife was involved with the underage sex business as well, and posted on Instagram that she was a “proud business owner.”
Robotti built his case by telling tales of alleged victims that got caught up in the couple’s business.
One girl said she had sex for money more than 200 times while living with Adams.
Another told the court that Adams had parties for all his clients, which included police officers, firefighters and teachers. She then said that prizes were given out to girls for best oral sex and anal sex.
“These are heinous crimes, your honor,” Robotti said to Weinstein. “Regardless of how he became a predator, he is one now.”
Adams read his speech aloud like spoken-word poetry, building up to tears.
“Allow me to show that I can pick up what remaining pieces I have left,” he said to the judge before sobs.
With epilepsy and frail bones, Adams slowly limped into the courtroom on Thursday gripping his cane wearing two wrist braces for arm fractures. On Friday, he was rolled in in a wheelchair.
Weinstein said it is likely Adams will be attacked in prison and will be forced to spend a “considerable time” in solitary confinement for his own protection.
Daniel, who recruited some of the girls after Adams paid her a finder’s fee, pleaded guilty in 2015 to recruiting underage girls for prostitution and was given strict supervised release on March 24, 2017.
After spending Thursday night considering Adams’ sentence, Weinstein stood firm in his decision, saying, “The danger to the community presented by this defendant is so great and horrendous … it cannot be condoned or permitted.”
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