HAMLETT appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford. He is detained pending a detention hearing that is scheduled for February 15.
As alleged in court documents, between August and November 2017, HAMLETT coerced a minor victim to engage in prostitution at Hartford area hotels. In an interview with law enforcement, the victim stated that, in the beginning, HAMLETT gave the victim a percentage of the money she earned through prostitution. After that, she stated, “he took all of my money” and, if she complained, he said “It’s business. I have things that cost money. Just do as you’re told or I can make you disappear. No one is going to look for you.”
It is further alleged that HAMLETT advertised the victim’s prostitution services on online websites, including Backpage.com.
If convicted of the charge of sex trafficking of a minor, HAMLETT faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment.
U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Hartford Police Department, through the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by AUSAs Sarala V. Nagala and Nancy V. Gifford.