Amityville man convicted of ‘terrorizing young women and coercing them into commercial sex acts’
A New York man will spend decades behind bars for forcing women into prostitution.
32-year-old Long Island resident Justin Rivera of Amityville was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison on Tuesday, October 11, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
The sentencing follows an eight-day jury trial in June 2021 in which he was found guilty of conspiracy to sex traffic two victims.
Federal prosecutors said Rivera – also known as Denzel Rivera, Bangout and Jackie Chan – conspired with others to coerce young women into engaging in commercial sex acts in an abandoned house in Bohemia in 2015.
They did so using violence, emotional abuse and false promises of romance and drugs, prosecutors argued.
Rivera repeatedly physically assaulted a victim, held a gun to her head, and manipulated her heroin addiction by controlling her access to the drug.
On one occasion, he acted as an “executor” of the plot by threatening a victim’s mother when she came to the Bohemian home and tried to save her daughter, prosecutors said.
After both victims testified at trial, Rivera engaged in witness tampering by offering a woman bribes if she recanted her testimony and falsely claimed the government coerced her into testifying.
“Justin Rivera was responsible for terrorizing young women and coercing them into engaging in commercial sex acts,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said.
“After Rivera was convicted and imprisoned, he hatched a plan to subvert the court process by attempting to coerce one of his victims – who bravely testified at trial – to recant his testimony. Today’s sentence hui holds Rivera accountable for his horrific crimes.
In addition to his prison sentence, a judge ordered Rivera to complete five years of probation.
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