Randolph Man Sentenced to State Prison for Human Trafficking, Deriving Support from Prostitution
DEDHAM – A Randolph man has been sentenced to seven to 10 years in state prison after being convicted on charges of human trafficking and deriving support from prostitution, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Today, Norfolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connors sentenced Ryan Duntin (a.k.a Real, a.k.a. Tyrell), age 33, of Randolph, to serve seven to 10 years in state prison.
“This defendant recruited a woman into prostitution for his own personal profit and will now serve time in state prison for these egregious crimes,” said AG Healey. “Our office will continue to work with law enforcement and local authorities to end the sexual exploitation of others and aggressively investigate and prosecute those who engage in human trafficking.”
“The Tewksbury Police Department is very appreciative of the collaboration that resulted in the apprehension of this violent defendant responsible for these heinous crimes,” said Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan. “I’m proud of the work of the Tewksbury Police Officers involved in this case and find comfort in the fact that this defendant will no longer be in a position where he can exercise control over or commit acts of violence against victims like the one in this case.”
On Dec. 23, following a five-day trial, a Norfolk Superior Court jury found Duntin guilty on the charges of Trafficking in Persons for Sexual Servitude (two counts) and Deriving Support from Prostitution (two counts).
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 and Financial Investigations Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Tewksbury Police Department. Warwick R.I. Police also assisted in this case.