Ex-Vt state worker sentenced in farm prostitution case
BRATTLEBORO — A former Vermont state worker has been sentenced to six months of home detention for his role in a scheme to bring women from New York City to Vermont to engage in prostitution with farm workers.
Alex Young-Hernandez was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Brattleboro.
The 56-year-old worked as a case aide for the Department for Children and Families for 10 years at the time of his arrest, The Burlington Free Press reported.
Young-Hernandez said he learned about the prostitution operation in October 2010 from Jose Flores-Rocha at a trailer in northern Vermont where Young-Hernandez lived with several farm workers, according to court records.
“Flores-Rocha had brought a woman to his trailer to engage in sexual acts with at least one of Young-Hernandez’s roommates, who worked at a nearby farm. Flores-Rocha asked Young-Hernandez to provide numbers and names for farmer workers that might be interested in prostitution services. Young-Hernandez agreed,” said a sentencing memorandum filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Ross.
Flores-Rocha was arrested six months later by Border Patrol agents. A woman traveling with him said he had taken her to three farms on March 15, 2011, to provide sexual services to farm workers, court records said.
When Flores-Rocha was arrested, he had Young-Hernandez’s business card and three text messages from Young-Hernandez on his cellphone listing addresses of farms where workers were interested in receiving sexual services, the sentencing memorandum said.MORE IN This Just InThe National Retail Federation, based in Washington, D.C., recently named Rep.Peter Welch, D-Vt. Full Story
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