Walter “Laron” Melvin Wiki – Walter “Laron” Melvin Biography
Anhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced sex trafficking charges Friday against a New Jersey man Walter “Laron” Melvin, who allegedly lured two teenage girls to the Garden State, then beat and raped them into performing illegal sex work for his own financial gain.
Walter “Laron” Melvin, 29, is charged with two counts of sex trafficking and sex trafficking of a child for the alleged prostitution scheme spanning “several weeks,” the prosecutor’s office said. He was indicted Friday in New York State Supreme Court.
Each of the charges against the defendant is a class B felony under New York State law. Such crimes attract a maximum sentence of 25 years. If he is convicted of the charges, Melvin could be sentenced to 100 years in state prison, though such a sentence is unlikely.
It is not clear if the two girls, aged 15 and 16, were forced to have sex for money. The prosecutor’s press release says the defendant “personally arranged for the men to come to his apartment to have sex with one of the girls through online advertisements.”
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The age of Walter “Laron” Melvin is 29 years.
Walter “Laron” Melvin allegedly lured two teenage girls
Citing “court documents and statements made on the record by prosecutors,” authorities allege the scheme began when Melvin met the two girls in Times Square in September 2022. After that, he allegedly promised them drugs and money “through of prostitution” and they brought them to her. across state lines. Prosecutors allege that the defendant, just days after the trip to New Jersey, posted a series of advertisements for the sale of sex online “that included nude photos of the 15-year-old girl.”
For six weeks, Melvin “communicated directly” with the men who responded to the ads “and arranged for them to have sex with the [15-year-old boy] in his apartment,” the prosecutor’s office alleges. That girl would also have been beaten repeatedly by the defendant.
The prosecutor’s office also alleges that Melvin “kept a gun” in his apartment, suggesting that a firearm may have been used to intimidate the victims.
At some point, the 16-year-old appears to have dumped the alleged sex trafficker of hers. But, under unclear circumstances, she allegedly found herself back in the defendant’s apartment, the press release says.
In the press release, Melvin is also accused of raping the 16-year-old upon her return in an effort to “force her into prostitution,” however there is no corresponding rape charge at present.
“Walter Melvin allegedly took advantage of and took advantage of two teenage girls in a deliberate scheme to engage them in prostitution,” Bragg added in the press release. “No one should have to endure the kind of psychological, physical and emotional abuse that these young survivors experienced. Our Office is focused on prosecuting those who engage in this horrible behavior, while also supporting survivors through these cases and helping them heal.”
Melvin is a native of Patterson, N.J. He is currently being held without bail at a jail in the New York City borough of Queens and in the East Elmhurst neighborhood, according to jail records reviewed by Law & Crime. His next court date is currently scheduled for January 31, 2023.
The defendant has been indicted in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. The Empire State is the only US state where the lowest level court is known as the “Supreme Court.” Until last December, Maryland, along with New York, called their highest court the “Court of Appeals.” Maryland no longer does so due to a recent constitutional amendment.Read More…..
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