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In SDNY Claudius English Guilty of Bronx Child Prostitution Gets 1 Davis Count Dismissed

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive series

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 30 – A young woman who was pimped out and forced to quit high school testified on June 5 in a disturbing prostitution prosecution case proceeding before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul G. Gardephe.

  At noon on June 10, 2019 Assistant US Attorney Michael Krouse told the again nearly empty courtroom how Claudius English offered for sale children of 13, 11 and eight years told through a Chuck-E-Cheese in Harlem, via the Holiday Motel in The Bronx with outdoor (non lobby) entrance. He referred to a Government Exhibit 302 which has been requested but not produced; he urged guilty verdicts on all 10 counts.

  And later on June 10, but only announced on June 11, the jury as requested returned guilty verdicts on all ten counts.

  Now on December 30, 2020, Judge Gardephe has dismissed one of the counts, pursuant to US v. Davis, while upholding the other nine: "English has moved, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 29, for a judgment of acquittal as to the attempted sex trafficking, kidnapping, and firearm counts. The Government concedes that English's conviction on the Section 924(c) charge cannot stand, in light of United States v. Davis, 139 S. Ct. 2319 (2019), but otherwise opposes Defendant's motion. For the reasons stated above, Defendant English's motion for a judgment of acquittal is granted as to Count Ten but is otherwise denied. (Signed by Judge Paul G. Gardephe on 12/30/20)."

 The case is USA v. Claudius English a/k/a Jay Barnes a/k/a Brent English, 18-cr-492 (PGG).


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