May 9, 2017

Accused human trafficker pleads guilty


STROUDSBURG – A Bushkill man plead guilty moments before his jury trial was to take place on Monday May 8th, 2017 at the Monroe County Courthouse.

The Monroe County Assistant District Attorney’s office was prepared to proceed with trial and present evidence and testimony regarding Eric Rolle, 24, and the violent sex trafficking of several women in Monroe and Lehigh Counties in 2014 and 2015.

Rolle was arrested on October 5th, 2015 on a warrant which contained an affidavit of probable cause stemming from an interview with one of his victims.

Rolle had allegedly been forcing women into prostitution and using their heroin addiction to control them. Detectives later identified two more victims, one who took her own life in the summer of 2015.

This would have been the first Human Sex Trafficking case to go to trial before a jury in Monroe County. As part of the agreement, Rolle was immediately sentenced by Judge Stephen Higgins to serve six to twelve years in state prison.

Just prior to Judge Higgins issuing the prison sentence, several victims in the case had the chance to confront their trafficker and address the court, explaining to the judge the impact Eric Rolle has had and will forever have on their lives. Additionally, the parents of the deceased victim were present to address the court, as well as an advocate from Truth For Women.

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