DA: Man indicted for forcing teen, woman into prostitution
A 35-year-old Lindenhurst man has been indicted for forcing a teenage girl and a young woman into prostitution, Suffolk County's district attorney said Wednesday.
The indictment comes after Andrew Gayot of North Greene Avenue was arrested in February and charged with forcing a 15-year-old girl and 21-year-old woman into the illicit sex trade.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on the indictment in First District Court in Central Islip.
"Cocaine, heroin and other narcotics were seized and the police investigation established Gayot intimidated these victims and used physical abuse and narcotics to compel them into prostitution," District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a news release.
Gayot, who is being held in the Suffolk jail on $1,002,500 bond or $501,250 cash bail, is charged with compelling prostitution, three counts of promoting prostitution, third-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, weapons and drug charges, among other crimes.
His attorney, Larry E. Flowers of Huntington, has said Gayot strongly denies the allegations.
"Once the investigation is complete, we are confident the facts will show that Mr. Gayot has been wrongly accused," Flowers said when Gayot was first arraigned on the charges last month.