NEW HAVEN (WTNH) – A 35-year-old Bridgeport man is facing charges after allegedly forcing a minor into prostitution in Bridgeport back in 2015.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut and Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that a grand jury in New Haven as returned indictment charging Brandon Williams, also known as “14k” with sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking by force.
Authorities say Williams’s indictment was returned on May 17. Williams was back in court Wednesday May 25 and entered a plea of not guilty to the sex trafficking.
As alleged in the indictment, between approximately July 10 and August 26, Williams forced a minor victim to engage in commercial sex acts. Williams has been in police custody since he was arrested on August 26. Williams is charged with one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.
The charge of sex trafficking of a minor carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life, and the charge of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.