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Norwalk Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to being involved in prostituting a teenage girl, said David B. Fein, U.S. attorney for Connecticut. Theodore "PeeJaye" Briggs, 23, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life on one charge of transportation of an individual under the age of 18 with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Fein said that in pleading guilty, Briggs admitted to transporting a then-14-year-old girl from Connecticut to New York and Atlantic City, N.J., to engage in prostitution in November and December 2010. He also posted photographs of the victim on Backpage.com and kept most, if not all of the proceeds that the victim earned for engaging in sex acts with men.

Briggs made his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport. U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall will sentence him on Jan. 13.

"The U.S. attorney's office is committed to prosecuting sex trafficking crimes that involve the victimization of minors," Fein said in a statement. "I want to commend ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Norwalk Police Department for their vigilance in investigating this heinous criminal activity."

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Norwalk Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds and Krishna R. Patel.

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