March 14, 2018 07:21 AM
A Monroe County jury has found a man guilty of 22 charges involving sex trafficking.
On Tuesday, 43-year-old John Spencer, also known as Smurf, was convicted of forcing three victims to sell themselves for his monetary profit from April 2015 to October 2016.
Prosecutors say Spencer preyed upon the victims, convincing them they needed his support for food and shelter while supplying them with illegal narcotics.
Following an investigation conducted by the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, in which multiple victims were identified, Spencer was arrested on Aug. 25, 2017.
Spencer was convicted of eight counts of sex trafficking, three counts of promoting prostitution in the second degree, one count of promoting prostitution in the third degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, three counts of assault in the third degree, two counts of robbery in the second degree, one count of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, one count of menacing in the second degree, and one count of permitting prostitution.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 18.
Updated: March 14, 2018 07:21 AM
Created: March 14, 2018 07:18 AM
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