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Cops: Lindenhurst man forced teen, woman into prostitution

Andy Gayot, 35, of Lindenhurst, was arrested Tuesday,

Andy Gayot, 35, of Lindenhurst, was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, and charged with holding two female victims against their will and forcing them to engage in prostitution, Suffolk County police said. Credit: SCPD

Concerns raised during a probation meeting led to the issuance of a search warrant and the subsequent arrest of a Lindenhurst man on charges he held two female victims against their will, forcing them into prostitution, Suffolk County police said Wednesday.

One of the victims was just 15 years old, police said.

Andy Gayot, 35, was arrested by police, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Probation Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, during the execution of that warrant Tuesday at his home at 258 N. Greene Ave.

Police said officers and agents found the victims -- the 15-year-old, who had run away from home, and a 21-year-old woman -- being held against their will in the residence.

Both of the victims are from Long Island, police said.

Lt. Robert Edwards, commander of the First Squad, said Gayot had forced the older victim into prostitution about a year ago, and his involvement with the 15-year-old dated back about four months.

The victims were not physically restrained, but police said the situation involved "threats" against the victims.

Edwards declined to detail how Gayot first met the victims, citing the ongoing case, but said there was "a narcotics element" to the relationship. He said the younger victim has been placed in a protective situation, but declined to be more specific.

It was not immediately clear when or why probation officials had been involved with Gayot, but Edwards said that a probation check -- in essence, a meeting with a probation official -- had raised red flags about situations at the home.

Officials then applied for a search warrant.

Edwards said the FBI was brought in because the scope of the investigation wasn't immediately clear and it wasn't immediately clear if the case involved victims who had been transported out of state.

Gayot was charged with compelling prostitution, three counts of promoting prostitution, third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and other felonies and misdemeanors.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip.

Authorities did not identify either the woman or the teen because both are believed to be the victims of sex crimes.

Police said the rape charges were filed because Gayot is accused of having sex with the teen, who is younger than 17.


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