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Man gets 3 to 9 in teen hooker case

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Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2010 12:00 am

In a case that revealed itself on the streets of South Ozone Park, a Brooklyn man who pleaded guilty to promoting the prostitution of a 15-year-old girl has been sentenced to three to nine years in prison.

Thomas Brown, 22, of Glenwood Road pleaded guilty on Nov. 30 to having the girl, who is mentally challenged, work for him as a prostitute. In addition to the prison time he received this week, he must register as a level 3 sex offender for the rest of his life.

“The defendant exploited a mentally challenged young woman and risked her life every time he forced her to walk the streets of Queens County or go on a ‘date’ that he arranged for her,” District Attorney Richard Brown said. “Under the circumstances, the prison term and mandatory sex offender registration imposed today by the court is more than warranted.”

The case began when an undercover police officer overhead a conversation that Brown and a second defendant, Gregory Simmons, were having with a girl at the intersection of 135th Street and Rockaway Boulevard that involved her “having the money.”

The cop spoke to Brown, who agreed to have the 15-year-old girl perform oral sex with him in exchange for $100.

Brown and Simmons were arrested after they took the victim to the Howard Johnson Hotel at 153-95 Rockaway Blvd. She said Brown had pimped her out to two other men.

Simmons, 28, of Prospect Place in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree conspiracy, a Class A misdemeanor, and is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 11.

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