Middlesex County Prosecutor
Andrew C. Carey and Chief James Conroy of the East Brunswick Police Department
announced today that two people from Bronx, New York and a Rabbi from East
Brunswick have been charged in connection to the human trafficking and
prostitution of a 17-year old girl from Lancaster PA.
Gabriella Colon, 18, and
Richard Ortiz, 23, both of Bronx, New York have been charged with 11 criminal
counts including human trafficking, conspiracy to commit human trafficking,
promoting prostitution of a child, conspiracy to promote prostitution of a
child, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal restraint, and a number of
child pornography offenses including the manufacturing, distribution and
possession of pornography.
Colon and Ortiz were arrested
at a motel in Fort Lee on February 16, 2018. Both are being held at the
Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending a
Aryeh Goodman, 35, a Rabbi
from East Brunswick is charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with
a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Goodman runs a Chabad, a
religious learning center, out of his home in East Brunswick and may have affiliation
with another on Lexington Avenue in the Township. He turned himself in to
authorities at the East Brunswick Police Department while accompanied by his
attorney on February 6, 2018.
The investigation determined
that Colon and Ortiz sold the sexual services of a 17-year old female to
approximately 30 men from January 1,
2018 to February 2, 2018, at a hotel in East Brunswick. In addition, the
investigation revealed that on February 1, 2018 the Rabbi engaged in sexual
relations with the 17-year old at a hotel in East Brunswick.
The investigation is active
and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chris
Farrace or Detective Dan Unkel of the East Brunswick Police Department at (732)
390-6900, or Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
at (732) 745-4194.
As is the case with all
criminal defendants, the charges against Colon, Ortiz and Goodman are merely
accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.