DA SINI: BLOODS GANG MEMBER CONVICTED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING OPERATION

(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the trial conviction of a Bloods gang member for conducting a sex trafficking operation in Suffolk County from 2014 to 2018.

Abiodun “Abi” Adeleke, 33, of Kings Park, was convicted by a jury yesterday of two counts of Sex Trafficking as a class B violent felony; three counts of Sex Trafficking as a class B felony; Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree, a class D felony; and Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

“With this conviction, justice was served and a dangerous individual will no longer be able to victimize women for his own personal gain,” District Attorney Sini. “This conviction was the result of a tremendous amount of hard work by the prosecutors and investigators, as well as powerful testimony from brave survivors of Mr. Adeleke’s abuse. Holding human traffickers accountable is a top priority of my administration, and we will continue to work with our partners in the Suffolk County Police Department to do so.”

“Abiodun Adeleke preyed on the most vulnerable members of our communities,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “Thanks to the hard work of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Human Trafficking Investigations Unit, this conviction should send a message to other sex traffickers that they will be held accountable for their attempts to exploit and control addicts for their own financial gain.”

An investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Investigations Unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team revealed evidence that from January 2014 through August 2018, Adeleke was engaged in a sex trafficking operation throughout Suffolk County. The investigation revealed evidence of several individuals believed to be victims of Adeleke, however the jury trial pertained to his conduct with respect to two separate victims.

Adeleke kept victims under his control by way of providing them with narcotic drugs; using threats and physical acts of violence; and creating purported debts that the victims had to work to pay off. Adeleke forced his victims to perform prostitution at various local hotels and motels.

The investigation also revealed that on one occasion, Adeleke provided heroin to one of his victims that caused her to suffer a non-fatal overdose.

Adeleke was arrested by Suffolk County Police on Aug. 31, 2018, at the Holiday Inn, located at 215 Sunnyside Blvd. in Plainview.

Opening statements in the trial took place on Dec. 2. The jury deliberated for approximately one day before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts yesterday.

Adeleke is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Court Judge Timothy Mazzei on Jan. 16, 2020. On the top charges, he faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Amanda Scheier, Elizabeth Moran and Veronica McMahon, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.