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#1422123 - 10/15/13 03:28 PM Sex Trafficking Ring Busted
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A.G. Schneiderman Announces Bust Of Multi-County Sex Trafficking Ring In Central New York

SYRACUSE – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest of three members of a sex trafficking ring that operated in Syracuse, Watertown, Ithaca and elsewhere in New York State.

Investigators allege that Eric Oliver, age 30, of Syracuse, was the leader of the ring, and was assisted by Tirra Pate, age 19, of Syracuse and Jessica Moro, age 19, of Cicero, New York.

Together, these individuals preyed on women as young as 15 years old, recruiting them to work as prostitutes; and in certain instances intimidating them with the use of physical force to compel them to commit acts of prostitution; and, in other instances, providing cocaine, heroin and the drug MDMA (known as “molly”) to the prostitutes in order for them to continue working.

The sex trafficking ring was so brazen that Oliver made phone calls directing its operation from jail even though he was warned that the calls could be recorded. Oliver called Moro and Pate from the Watertown and Ithaca jails during the past year to direct them to transport prostitutes to various locations. He also phoned Moro from jail with instructions to provide drugs to a prostitute to get her to work.

The defendants are being arraigned today before the Honorable Anthony F. Aloi in Onondaga County Court. Oliver faces charges including two counts of Sex Trafficking, a Class B felony that can land him in prison for 10 to 25 years; Compelling Prostitution, another Class B felony; Promoting Prostitution in the 2nd and 3rd Degrees, Class C and D felonies; Rape in the 3rd Degree, a Class E felony, and Conspiracy in the 5th Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Moro faces facing charges of Promoting Prostitution in the 2nd and 3rd Degrees, Class C and D felonies, and Conspiracy in the 5th Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Pate faces facing charges of Sex Trafficking, which is a Class B felony; Promoting Prostitution in the 3rd Degree, a Class D felony, and Conspiracy in the 5th Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

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#1430012 - 12/20/13 08:18 AM Re: Sex Trafficking Ring Busted [Re: newsman38]
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Trio charged with sex trafficking in underage prostitution ring return to Syracuse court today

Syracuse, NY -- Three Syracuse residents accused of prostituting multiple women and girls as young as 15 using coercion, force and rape are due back to court today.

Eric Oliver, 30, is the accused ringleader of the group, which reportedly forced local women and girls to sell their bodies using drugs, beatings and a rape. The group operated in Onondaga, Tompkins and Jefferson counties, authorities have said.

Oliver and Tirra Pate, 19, were charged under the state's recent sex trafficking law, which brings stiffer penalties than previous prostitution laws. Another woman, Jessica Moro, of Cicero, was charged with promoting prostitution. Moro has claimed to be a victim.

The state Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case under a new strategy that treats pimps as sex traffickers and prostitutes as victims.

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#1430240 - 12/22/13 11:29 AM Re: Sex Trafficking Ring Busted [Re: newsman38]
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Hope they all rot in hell. mad

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#1451796 - 06/25/14 01:03 PM Re: Sex Trafficking Ring Busted [Re: newsman38]
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What happens when both lawyers and the judge get it wrong in sex case? Call more lawyers

Syracuse, NY -- A Syracuse pimp who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking young girls wants to withdraw his plea because he got bad information from his lawyer.

Eric Oliver, 30, was sentenced to six to 12 years in state prison for compelling prostitutes as young as 15 to work for him. He was accused of using drugs and even rape to force them into the sex trade.

Before sentencing, both lawyers agreed that sex trafficking was not a sex crime in regards to the state's sex offender registry. They said today that the judge also indicated the same thing during an earlier conversation.

But they were all wrong. A Syracuse.com reporter discovered the error while researching the law following the April 28 sentencing.

The penal law defines several dozen numbered offenses as sex crimes. Sex trafficking does not appear in sequential order, which is why the lawyers missed it.

In court today, both lawyers and the judge agreed that Oliver had gotten bad advice. Oliver wants to withdraw his plea.

The solution? Call more lawyers to represent the lawyers who got it wrong, said state Supreme Court Justice John Brunetti.

The judge determined that his role in the snafu was not in dispute, so he didn't need to remove himself from the bench and become a witness, too.

That said, both defense lawyer Kenneth Moynihan and Assistant Deputy state Attorney General James Mindell must both find their own lawyers, the judge said.

Then, the judge will hold a hearing in late July to determine if the bad advice caused enough prejudice to throw out Oliver's entire plea.

If that happens, both sides would be back to square one and possibly looking at a trial in the case.

By Douglass Dowty | ddowty@syracuse.com
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on June 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM, updated June 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

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