A member of Roosevelt’s Bloods street gang, who was charged with beating his female victim and keeping her addicted to drugs to keep her engaged in prostitution in Long Island hotels and motels, has been convicted Friday to seven years in prison.
Dominic Cunningham, 27, pleaded guilty on May 24 to three counts of sex trafficking and one count of promoting second-degree prostitution and third-degree intimidation of a victim or a witness.
Acting State Supreme Court Judge Robert Bogle also sentenced Cunningham on Friday to up to five years of post-release supervision. Cunningham must also register as a sex offender once he is released from prison.
“This defendant exploited his victim in every way – forcing her to continue working as a prostitute by hitting and kicking her, giving her prescription tranquilizers and uttering threats against her and her family because he thought they had contacted the police ”, said oneby Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith. “Fortunately, this predator will now be off the streets and behind bars.”
Joseph Lo Piccolo, the Garden City-based defense attorney in Cunningham, said his client “has the opportunity to learn from this and does not expect to be in this situation in the future.” .
From May 2017 to May 2019, Cunningham drove his victim to hotels and motels in Nassau and Suffolk counties and paid for rooms so that she could have “dates” with clients in exchange for money. prosecutors said.
To keep the woman working as a prostitute, Cunningham punched, kicked and whipped the victim with a belt and provided him with Xanax and Percocet, authorities said.
On March 18, 2020, prosecutors said Cunningham sent threatening text messages to the victim, swearing to kill the woman and her mother because he believed they had filed a police report against him, prosecutors said .