Second New York man convicted in sex trafficking case cracked in Harford

A federal jury in Baltimore has convicted a second man in connection with a sex trafficking operation that was cracked in Harford County last year.

Raymond Idemudia Aigbekaen, 29, of Amityville, N.Y., was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a minor and other charges related to the trafficking of a 16-year-old female for prostitution in Maryland, Virginia and New York.


The conviction was announced by Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office; Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler and the Harford County Child Advocacy Center; and Col. William M. Pallozzi, superintendent of the Maryland State Police;.

According to information presented at Aigbekaen's nine-day trial, from late February through April 12, 2015, Aigbekaen and his co-defendant, Marcell Greene, trafficked a 16-year-old girl for prostitution.


On April 12, 2015, the victim called 911 from a motel room in Harford County which has been identified in court records as the Homewood Suites in the 4000 block of Philadelphia Road, which is in the Bel Air 21015 ZIP code, near the I-95/Route 543 interchange. According to a statement of facts entered in the case against Greene, who previously pleaded guilty, the victim was aided in contacting the authorities by an employee of the hotel.

A New York man has pleaded guilty to federal sex trafficking charges involving a minor who was found by police at a Harford County hotel where prosecutors say she was being forced to participate in the commercial sex trade.

Members of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center responded to the hotel, and the victim eventually told investigating Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies that she had been taken to Virginia and Maryland from New York by two men, one named Marcell and another named "Raymond," who was Nigerian, according to federal prosecutors.

The victim told investigators that commercial sex ads of her were posted on a web page and that she engaged in commercial sex acts with prostitution dates, prosecutors said. Law enforcement was able to identify Aigbekaen as the person who rented the hotel room where victim was staying.

Items, such as tissues and used condoms, were recovered from the trash cans of the hotel room used by Aigbekaen, Greene and the victim on April 11-12, 2015, prosecutors said. Some of these items were found to contain DNA evidence that matched the co-defendant, Greene. Aigbekaen was determined to be a potential contributor to stains on the victim's underwear, prosecutors said.

Hotel records also showed that Aigbekaen rented rooms on March 30, 2015 to April 1, 2015 and from April 2-4, 2015. Hotel records also showed that Aigbekaen rented rooms at other hotels in Maryland and in Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach, Va., prosecutors said.

Investigators were able to find Internet prostitution advertisements advertising the victim for prostitution using Aigbekaen's email accounts that were posted in the Long Island, N.Y., Maryland and Virginia areas in February and March 2015. Some listed Aigbekaen's phone number, prosecutors said. Photos of the victim that were used in the ads were also found on Aigbekaen's computer.

Also presented as trial evidence were historical cell site records for Aigbekaen's phones that showed him traveling in Maryland and Virginia and put him in vicinity of Maryland and Virginia hotels that were used when the victim was engaging in commercial sex acts, prosecutors said.

Aigbekaen faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar has scheduled sentencing for Feb. 7, 2017 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Aigbekaen, who remains in federal custody, also will be required to register as a sex offender, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Marcell Greene, 28, of Wyandanch, N.Y., pleaded guilty on June 16 to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking of a minor.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Greene also faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. Greene, who also remains in federal custody, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 14 by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar.

This case was investigated by the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members.

For more information about the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, visit www.justice.gov/usao/md/priorities_human.html.

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