Randolph Man Found Guilty of Human Trafficking, Deriving Support from Prostitution
DEDHAM – A Randolph man has been found guilty of human trafficking and deriving support from prostitution, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Following a five-day trial, a Norfolk Superior Court jury found Ryan Duntin (a.k.a. Real, a.k.a. Tyrell), age 33, guilty on Tuesday on the charges of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude (two counts), and Deriving Support from Prostitution (two counts).
Duntin is scheduled to be sentenced in Norfolk Superior Court on December 29.
“This defendant targeted and recruited a woman into prostitution and forced her to provide sexual services for his own profit,” said AG Healey. “Our office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute traffickers in our efforts to end the exploitation of people in Massachusetts.”
Duntin was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in October 2013.
The AG’s Office began an investigation in July 2013 after the matter was referred by the Tewksbury Police Department. According to authorities, Duntin recruited a woman into prostitution and forced her to provide sexual services for a fee in hotels in several Massachusetts communities, namely Tewksbury and Braintree.
Duntin posted or directed advertisements to be posted offering sexual services on websites known to advertise prostitution. He transported the woman in his vehicle, harbored her in hotels, and monitored the money being earned, ultimately collecting the proceeds. Duntin would frequently use violence and threats of violence.
Duntin was arrested on September 23, 2013 on a warrant for a violation of probation by Warwick R.I. Police with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Tewksbury Police Department.
The AG’s dedicated Human Trafficking Division focuses on policy, prevention and criminal prosecutions. Through that division, the AG’s Office has charged more than 20 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law passed.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Deb Bercovitch, Chief of AG Healey’s Human Trafficking Division and Jennifer Snook, also of the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, with assistance from Nikki Antonucci, Chief of the AG’s Victim Services Division. The investigation was conducted by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, investigators from AG Healey’s Digital Evidence Lab, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Tewksbury Police Department. Warwick R.I. Police also assisted in this case.