Downtown Brooklyn

Crown Heights man charged in twisted sex trafficking scheme

April 11, 2023 Robert Abruzzese
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Monday that a Crown Heights man is facing a 27-count indictment on charges including sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, assault, and more, for the alleged sex trafficking and assault of a 19-year-old girl and the assault of a 40-year-old woman.

Samuel Tucker, 39, of Crown Heights, was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice E. Niki Warin. If convicted of the top count, Tucker faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. He was ordered held on bail of $200,000 and to return to court on May 10.

“This defendant’s allegedly violent and exploitative abuse of women for profit shocks the conscience, and we are committed to seeking justice on behalf of the victims and anyone impacted by human trafficking,” Gonzalez said. “We have no tolerance for this kind of reprehensible conduct in Brooklyn and will continue our vigorous and multi-pronged efforts to protect the most vulnerable.”

According to the DA’s Office, the 19-year-old victim was homeless and living in a shelter in Brownsville when she was introduced to Tucker, who allegedly enticed her with promises of cash and drugs to engage in prostitution for him. Tucker allegedly arranged dates for her, posted photos of her in a prostitution advertisement online, and collected all the money she earned.Tucker allegedly subjected the young woman to brutal abuse, including beating her with a can of corn in a sock and burning her feet with a heated spoon. In another horrifying incident, Tucker allegedly hogtied a 40-year-old woman, who was also engaging in prostitution for him, and repeatedly held her head underwater in a hotel room bathtub filled with scalding hot water, in the presence of the 19-year-old victim.

The 19-year-old victim eventually escaped and contacted the NYPD in January 2023.

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