Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Contact: Captain Richard Flynn, PIO
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Arlington Police Chief Praises Sentencing, Resolution in Child Sex Trafficking Case
Arlington Case Successfully Prosecuted by Federal Partners
ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan lauds the hard work and good policing that brought a child sex trafficker to justice and today resulted in a lengthy federal prison sentence.
“Those who prey on and torment the most vulnerable in our communities will be identified and prosecuted,” Chief Ryan said. “Drugging children and forcing them into the sex trade is appalling. I want to thank our Arlington Police Detectives, our partners in the FBI, and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for taking this individual out of our community and ensuring that justice was served.”
Background, from U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s Office:
David Minasian, 25, of Malden,was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William G. Young to 15 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution to the victim. Minasian will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. In May 2014, Minasian pleaded guilty sex trafficking of a minor.
In 2012, Minasian and others photographed the 15 year-old victim wearing revealing lingerie and posing in provocative positions, and then posted these photographs to the adult section of Backpage.com, a site commonly used for advertising commercial sex activity, soliciting customers for “escort services.” Customers who responded to the advertisements were directed to where Minasian was staying with the victim to have sex with her for a fee. Minasian and his co-defendant also transported the victim to motels inside Massachusetts where they paid for rooms to prostitute her.
At the sentencing hearing, the victim’s mother addressed the Court on behalf of the victim, who was not present. The mother explained that Minasian had given the victim heroin and prostituted her once she became addicted. The victim is still battling her addiction. In imposing a 15 year sentence, Judge Young chastised the defendant for preying on a particularly vulnerable victim.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston Child Exploitation Task Force, which is comprised of members from the FBI, Massachusetts State Police, and the Malden and Arlington Police Departments. It was being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah Foley on Ortiz’s Civil Rights Enforcement Team.
The case originated with the Arlington Police Department and an Arlington Police Detective, who is assigned to the Federal Task Force that investigates cases of missing and exploited children. That detective’s work on the task force also led to the arrest of two other human trafficking suspects in September.