Four men were charged with kidnapping after allegedly kidnapping two girls and having sex with them, prosecutors in New York said.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced that four people have been named in a 32-count indictment in connection with the kidnapping of two 13-year-old girls who they hoped to lure into prostitution.
Three defendants, Marcus Sumpter, 25, Joann Bailey, 55 and Jerry Brown, 57, all reside at 463 Classon Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
The fourth defendant is being sought.
The defendants were arraigned Friday afternoon before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, on an indictment in which they are charged with rape, unlawful imprisonment, criminal facilitation and endangering the welfare of a child.
Sumpter was ordered held without bail, Bailey’s bail was set at $100,000 cash or $50,000 bond and Brown’s bail was set at $50,000 cash or $25,000 bond.
The top count carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
According to the police investigation, the two 13-year-old girls, who were on their way home from a party, met defendant Sumpter in the vicinity of the Franklin Avenue train station.
They accompanied him back to his apartment on Classon Avenue, where he had sex with them.
The girls left the apartment the next day, but Sumpter followed them to the train station and asked them to come back to his apartment.
He allegedly told them they could make money working as prostitutes. They went back to the apartment and another defendant allegedly took scantily clad photos of them and attempted to post their pictures on craigslist.