WOODBURY, NJ (June 22, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--Two Gloucester County men and a New York resident were each sentenced today to eight years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to promoting prostitution by arranging sexual encounters with a 17-year-old runaway while she was in a Gibbstown NJ motel in December 2016.
In sentencing the three, Superior Court Judge Robert .P. Becker said an “aggravating” factor that favored prison sentences was “the substantial likelihood” that they were involved in an organized criminal activity.
During an investigation by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, the 17-year-old said the defendants forced her to engage in sex acts with multiple partners and was required to give money received to the defendants.
Sentenced to eight year prison terms were Brandon R. Samuel (28), of Gibbstown and his brother, Joseph A. Samuel (26), of New York NY. Codefendant Ali Brown (26), of West Deptford NJ was sentenced to five years for promoting prostitution, to be served concurrently with an eight-year term for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
The three have been jailed since their arrest in July 2017. They entered guilty pleas April 13, 2018.