Brooklyn man receives decade-long sentence for trafficking Ohio teen

September 14, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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A Brooklyn man was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years behind bars for sex trafficking an 18-year-old Ohio girl. 

The sinister plot involved promises of a prosperous modeling career in the “Big Apple,” only to thrust the young victim into a terrifying ordeal of forced prostitution.

“This defendant lured an innocent teenager from her home in Ohio to New York promising to fulfill her dream of a modeling career, but instead he horrifically exploited her in a sex trafficking nightmare,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “Today’s lengthy sentence underscores our commitment to protecting young women and other at-risk individuals and ensuring those who engage in sex trafficking face serious consequences.”

The defendant, identified as Allen Barrington, 38, from East Flatbush, stood before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun as the sentence was handed down. Following his prison term, Barrington faces a decade of post-release supervision and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Barrington’s deceptive practices unraveled when he responded to the victim’s online post on June 3, 2022. Tempting her with a funded trip to New York for video modeling opportunities, the victim’s anticipation turned into dread shortly after her arrival at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. 

Instead of the promised modeling gig, she was taken to an apartment in East New York, where another young girl, a recruit from Illinois, was already ensnared in Barrington’s trap.

Between June 5 and June 18, the victim faced threats and physical violence and was even subjected to an attempted taser attack by Barrington. She was compelled into prostitution and forced to meet a set “quota.” Barrington further exploited her by posting her pictures on online platforms offering prostitution services.

In a bold act of courage, the victim approached the 75th Precinct on June 17, leading to Barrington’s arrest in Ohio, followed by his extradition to Brooklyn.

Detective Courtney Thorpe spearheaded the investigation, working with the NYPD’s Human Trafficking Squad, and received commendable support from Sgt. Robert Duplessis, Lt. Amy Capogna and Capt. Thomas Milano. Further appreciation was extended to officers across state lines and Paralegal Specialist Aurora Martinez for their notable contributions.

Assistant District Attorney David Weiss led the prosecution, flanked by Senior Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Iorio and under the vigilant eye of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory. 



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