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Newburgh is a city of approximately 29,000 residents, located 60 miles north of New York City, near Poughkeepsie in Orange County, New York. Street prostitution and sex trafficking have posed significant problems for the city for at least four decades. Among the more serious problems resulting from the local sex trade has been the murder of a prostituted woman, child sex trafficking, and the production of child-sexual abuse materials (CSAM), including the rape of a trafficked child captured on video. For example, in April, 2013, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced the arrests of 13 individuals for their alleged roles in a sex trafficking and prostitution network. In connection with the arrests, HSI executed search warrants on six locations, including four brothels in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Queens. The sex trafficking conspiracy exploited dozens of women, some of whom were trafficked from Mexico to New York and forced to engage in prostitution. Thirteen defendants were charged in a criminal complaint with: sex trafficking; interstate transportation for prostitution; use of interstate facilities to promote a prostitution enterprise; obstruction of justice; possession of child pornography; and illegal reentry. One member of the prostitution-sex trafficking enterprise was also charged with possession of child pornography, which he caused to be produced by a 14-year-old girl whom he had sexually abused. In September 2017, a Poughkeepsie man was arrested and held on rape charges after a juvenile told Poughkeepsie Police she had been the victim of a sexual assault and possible sex trafficking. The juvenile had turned herself into the City of Poughkeepsie Police as having run away from a juvenile facility in Hawthrone about three months previously, and while being interviewed, the girl told officers about the assault and sex trafficking. In May 2019, a local woman and her boyfriend were sentenced to years in prison for the rape and sex trafficking of a teenage girl they also captured on video, according to a release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which constituted the production of CSAM.
To address such issues and the wide range of crimes accompanying prostitution, the City of Newburgh Police Department began conducting frequent anti-prostitution stings in the mid-1970s. Early stings often employed both male and female undercover officers, who worked in tandem as decoy sex buyers and prostituted women. As individuals approached the decoys and offered to buy or engage in commercial sex to/from the officers, they were arrested by police.
Anti-prostitution operations have continued to occur on a routine basis. For example, in June 2018, the City of Newburgh Police Department conducted a sting that resulted in the arrest of four women for prostitution and three men for patronizing a prostitute. They were assisted in this operation by the Orange County Drug Task Force and New York State Police. Names, ages, and addresses of the arrestees were disclosed to the public. In December 2018, four men were arrested during a prostitution sting conducted in response to complaints from residents of prostitution taking place throughout the area. The operation was conducted by officers with the City of Newburgh Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Task Force. The identities of the arrested sex buyers were publicly disclosed.
Since at least May 1981, Newburgh Police have publicly disclosed sex buyer identities. In an article posted in the Newburgh Evening News, members of media supported this decision, noting that, “For too long, only women were identified in prostitution arrests while men accused in these cases remained anonymous.”
Loss of employment is another consequence of buying sex that has occurred within the city. For example, in May 2013, the Newburgh City Manager resigned in response to pressure arising from a prostitution scandal. The City Council had convened an emergency meeting and voted unanimously to install the Chief of Police as interim city manager while they made plans for a permanent replacement. The sex buyer’s resignation stemmed from events following an October 2012 vehicle stop. Police pulled him over and recognized his passenger as a woman whom they’d arrested the month before in a prostitution sting. The two weren’t charged, and the man later claimed he was just trying to help the woman get treatment for a heroin addiction. He offered his resignation at the time but quickly changed his mind, delivering a defense at a council meeting in 2012. The controversy resurfaced during a council meeting in 2013 when a local activist said he’d spoken to people who confirmed the city manager’s involvement with prostituted women in the city and raised the possibility that tapes and pictures would become public. The local Chief of Police said he had questioned the man that week and the city manager admitted he’d had a relationship with the prostituted woman, and the woman confirmed the allegations. The man had been Newburgh’s city manager after retiring as Croton-on-Hudson’s village manager. After resigning, the man would receive no further benefits or pension from the city.
In 2004, the city started a “john school” education program for sex buyers. Attendance was mandatory for all arrestees charged with patronizing a prostituted woman.
- City of Newburgh Police Department
- Orange County District Attorney’s Office
- Orange County Drug Task Force
- Newburgh City Council
- New York State Police
- Troop F, Community Narcotics Enforcement Team
Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:
- “Police Nab ‘Big Nell’, 5 Others; House Raid Produces Morals Charges”, Newburgh Evening News, November 30 1970.
- “State Police Raid a Notorious Brothel in Newburgh”, New York Times, November 30 1970.
- “Prostitution Crackdown Set”, Newburgh Evening News, April 29 1977.
- “Prostitution Crackdown Under Way”, Newburgh Evening News, April 29 1977.
- “Prostitution Crackdown Vowed; Newburgh Arrests Made; Decoys Due”, Newburgh Evening News, May 16 1981.
- “Prostitution Round-Up Nets 6 Women, 5 Men”, Newburgh Evening News, May 17 1981.
- “Sixth City Suspect Seized in Prostitution Crackdown”, Newburgh Evening News, July 21 1982.
- “4 Want Trials in City Prostitution Dragnet”, Newburgh Sunday News, August 3 1982.
- “Hooker Sweep Nets 13”, Newburgh Evening News, June 19 1985.
- “Sweeping the Streets: Police Stage Major Arrest of Hookers and Johns”, Newburgh Evening News, August 8 1986.
- “‘John’ Crackdown Continues in City”, Newburgh Evening News, August 10 1986.
- “Police Crack Down on Prostitution”, Newburgh Evening News, May 10 1987.
- “Newburgh”, Hudson Valley Morning News, August 15 1991.
- “Police Conduct Prostitution Sweep”, Hudson Valley News, September 14 1991.
- “Newburgh Confronts Evils of Prostitution”, Hudson Valley News, November 10 1991.
- “Newburgh Confronts Prostitution Evils”, Hudson Valley News, November 10 1991.
- “Sweeps Have Reduced Prostitution Activity in City, Police Say”, Hudson Valley News, February 9 1992.
- “Seven Arrests Made in Prostitution Sting”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, May 28 2004.
- “Prostitution Sweep Conducted”, Mid-Hudson News Network, April 5 2008.
- “East End Prostitution Sting Leads to 9 Arrests”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, May 4 2008.
- “Newburgh Prostitution Ring Busted; 14 Arrested”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, May 5 2009.
- “Prostitution Sting Leads to 7 Arrests in Newburgh”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, March 7 2011.
- “Prostitution Arrests in Newburgh”, Mid-Hudson News Network, July 2 2011.
- “Newburgh Prostitution Sweep Nets Nine”, Mid-Hudson News Network, August 19 2011.
- “Six Arrested in Newburgh Prostitution Sweep”, Mid-Hudson News Network, September 24 2011.
- “Six Charged in Newburgh Prostitution Sting”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, November 4 2011.
- “City Newburgh Police Make Several Arrests During Latest Prostitution Sweep”, Hudson Valley Insider, September 30 2012.
- “Prostitution Sting in Newburgh,” Hudson Valley News Network, November 6 2015.
- https://www.facebook.com/davidmhoovler/posts/1 male arrested patronizing prost (2016)
- https://midhudsonnews.com/dozen-arrested-in-newburgh-prostitution-sweep (2017)
- https://hudsonvalleypost.com/7-arrested-in-hudson-valley-prostitution-bust/ (2018)
- http://westchester.news12.com/state-police-7-charged-in-prostitution-sting (2018)
- https://hudsonvalleypress.com/seven-subjects-arrested-in-prostitution-sting (2018)
- http://midhudsonnews.com/Newburgh_prost_sweep 10 men arrrested (2019)
- https://hudsonvalleypost.com/10-hudson-valley-residents-arrested-following-prostitution-sting/ (2019)
Sex Buyer Fired or Resigned Due to Allegations:
Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:
- “Police Free Women in Slave Ring”, Newburgh Evening News, March 4 1964.
- “White Slavery Ring: Police Investigation Reveals Lives of Prostitution Slaves”, Newburgh Evening News, March 10 1984.
- “Rivera Arrested in the Promotion of Prostitution”, Newburgh Evening News, March 18 1984.
- “Teen Prostitution: Not Just a ‘Big City’ Problem”, Newburgh Evening News, August 25 1984.
- “Newburgh Man Indicted on 205 Counts in Sex Trafficking Case”, Mid-Hudson News Network, April 11 2013.
- “Bail Set for Man in Prostitution Case”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, April 25 2013.
- https://www.justice.gov/thirteen-individuals-charged-federal-court-international-sex-trafficking (2013)
- “Plea Deal Offered in Forced Prostitution Case”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, June 20 2014.
- “Guilty Plea Ends Sex Trafficking Case”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, June 25 2014.
- “Guilty Plea Announced in Human Trafficking Scheme”, Hudson Valley Press, July 2 2014.
- https://hudsonvalleypost.com/investigation-leads-to-womans-arrest-for-sex-trafficking-and-prostitution (2016)
- https://dailyvoice.com/woman-boyfriend-sentenced-for-sex-trafficking-rape-of-child-captured-on-video (2019)
- https://midhudsonnews.com/woman-convicted-of-sex-trafficking-has-sentence-reduced (2021)
- https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/newburgh-man-charged-transporting-minor-criminal-sexual-activity (2021)
- https://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/oneonta-man-sentenced-to-60-months-in-prison-conspiring-to-commit-sex-trafficking-minor/ (2023)
Background on Local Prostitution, Drugs, Related Violence:
- “Police Act Against Crime in Newburgh”, Newburgh Evening News, February 11 1967.
- “Newburgh Vice Halted, Police Say”, Newburgh Evening News, February 23 1967.
- “No Prostitution Here: Maurer”, Newburgh Evening News, October 7 1970.
- “Prostitution Crackdown Arrests Made”, Newburgh Evening News, August 22 1977.
- “50 Years Ago”, Newburgh Evening News, May 30 1981.
- “2 Men Plead Guilty in Newburgh Sex Ring”, Newburgh Evening News, July 21 1984.
- “Prostitution Breeds More Crime, Say Officials”, Hudson Valley News, November 10 1991.
- “Newburgh Program Helps Troubled Women Get New Lease on Life”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, March 28 2009.
- “Six Women Arrested in Newburgh Prostitution Sweep”, Mid-Hudson News Network, January 19 2013.
- “Five Arrested on Prostitution Charges in City of Newburgh”, Middletown Times Herald-Record, June 29 2014.
Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area: