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Andrew Gayot sentenced to up to 32 years for sex crimes

Andrew Gayot, 38, of Lindenhurst, who was convicted

Andrew Gayot, 38, of Lindenhurst, who was convicted of sex trafficking and prostitution, was sentenced to 19½ to 32 years in prison on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. He had faced up to 50 years. Credit: SCDA

A Lindenhurst man convicted of charges he lured young women into prostitution and sex trafficking was sentenced on Wednesday to a maximum of 32 years in prison.

Before his sentencing, Andrew Gayot, 38, told Suffolk County Court Judge Barbara Kahn that he was “disappointed . . . in being found guilty,” and said he would appeal.

But Kahn said Gayot had shown “no remorse, no regret,” before handing down her sentence: a minimum of 19½ years and a maximum of 32 years, with 25 years post-release supervision.

“You preyed on troubled young women who survived the ordeal and summoned courage to face you in open court,” Kahn told Gayot in her Riverhead courtroom.

Gayot was convicted in June on 34 of 50 counts, including the top charge — two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act involving a then-26-year-old woman in 2013 — along with compelling and promoting prostitution, among other offenses.

He had agreed to forego a jury trial, and had faced up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Prosecutors said Gayot lured the 26-year-old, a 15-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman — all drug addicts — into working as prostitutes from his home between January 2013 and February 2014, when he was arrested.

He offered them affection, drugs and a place to live, prosecutors said.

When they didn’t obey his rules, Gayot beat the 21-year-old woman with an electrical cord and used a stun gun on her, prosecutors had said at trial.

In a letter to the court, that victim said she would never forget the image of Gayot “dressed in camouflage, listening to Beethoven, beating me unconscious.”

The woman, who was in the courtroom Wednesday, wrote a letter that she asked senior assistant Suffolk County district attorney Stacy Skorupa to read at the sentencing — writing that she couldn’t do it herself because it was too painful.

The victim, now 24, cried at times during the proceedings.

“Andy Gayot charmed me. He made me feel wanted and then he sold me — literally sold me every day . . . ” Skorupa read.

“I almost died due to this monster,” the woman’s letter continued. “He ruined me . . . I wake up every day with nightmares of this man beating me.”

Gayot’s court-appointed attorney, Daniel Russo of Hauppauge, asked for leniency for his client, who has a felony conviction for third-degree arson from 2005 but had never spent a lengthy time incarcerated.

“This is not just some animal,” said Russo, noting that Gayot has a daughter. “He is a father. He’s made some mistakes, we acknowledge that.”

Kahn also granted Skorupa’s request for permanent orders of protection for the three victims and a witness.

After court, Skorupa, who had sought a 40-year sentence, said: “I think it was a very just result and just sentence based upon all of the circumstances.”

She added: “This is the start of closure” for the victims.


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