BRONX- A Bronx man was convicted of kidnapping and beating a woman to coerce her into becoming a prostitute. Prosecutors say the Westchester Square pimp used internet advertisements to find customers for his victim.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for Kidnapping, Predatory Sexual Assault, Sex Trafficking and other charges related to his forcing a woman into prostitution.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant brutally beat, sexually assaulted and held the victim against her will. He also used coercive control tactics to compel her to engage in prostitution for his profit. Today’s sentence will keep a depraved man off our streets.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Lemuel Skipper, 28, of Sedgwick Avenue, was sentenced to an aggregate prison term of 20 years to life in prison by Bronx Supreme Court Justice James McCarty.
The defendant will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release. A jury found the defendant guilty of two counts of first-degree Kidnapping, Predatory Sexual Assault, two counts of Sex Trafficking, first-degree Aggravated Sexual Abuse, second- degree and fourth-degree Promoting Prostitution, and second-degree Assault on January 14, 2019.
According to the investigation, on or about and between July 20, 2015 and July 22, 2015, the defendant lured a 26-year-old woman to an apartment to intentionally advance and profit from the prostitution of the victim.
While holding her captive, the defendant slapped and punched the victim, and sexually assaulted her with an object. The defendant then took the victim to the areas of Westchester Square and Southern Boulevard to force her to engage in prostitution.
The victim managed to get away by having someone drive her to a local Bronx hospital, where she called police. Hotel records, phone records, and backpage.com advertisements were retrieved during the investigation.
In prosecuting this matter, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office presented evidence from Dr. Chitra Raghavan, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Deputy Director of The Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, as an expert in Trauma- Bonding and Coercive Control in Sex Trafficking. During New York State’s first-ever Frye hearing (a hearing to determine whether expert testimony is based on established and accepted scientific methods) on this topic, this Office successfully proved the scientific community’s acceptance of Trauma-Bonding and Coercive Control in Sex Trafficking.