Thursday
March 21, 2019

Monroe County man convicted of sex and drug trafficking

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on Fredrick Brown, 37, of Monroe County, was convicted on sex and drug trafficking charges after a four-day jury trial held before United States District Court Judge Malachy Mannion.   

The jury returned a guilty verdict after about 90 minutes of deliberations.  The evidence showed that between 2011 and 2014, Brown trafficked multiple women as prostitutes through force, fraud, threats of force, and coercion.  Brown was also convicted of sex trafficking a 17-year-old minor.  Brown worked mainly out of a hotel in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, along with other Monroe County hotels, and transported his victims across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.  Brown frequently used violent force and intimidation to compel his victims to engage in commercial sex acts. 

Brown was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute over 280 grams of cocaine base, or “crack,” and possession with intent to distribute crack.  The government presented additional evidence to show that Brown also gave his trafficking victims controlled substances such as Adderall, MDMA or “Molly,” and ecstasy to keep them awake and working to increase his profits.

The maximum combined penalty under federal law for these offenses are life in prison.


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