KINGS PARK, NY — A Bloods gang member was convicted Tuesday for conducting a sex trafficking operation in Suffolk County from 2014 through 2018, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini announced Wednesday.
Abiodun “Abi” Adeleke, 33, of Kings Park, was convicted by a jury of two counts of sex trafficking as a class B violent felony, three counts of sex trafficking as a class B felony, third-degree promoting prostitution (a D felony) and third-degree assault (a class A misdemeanor).
Adeleke is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16, 2020, and he faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison on the top charges.
“With this conviction, justice was served and a dangerous individual will no longer be able to victimize women for his own personal gain,” Sini stated via press release. “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.”
Adeleke was engaged in a sex trafficking operation throughout Suffolk County from January 2014 through August 2018, an investigation done by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Investigations Unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team found. The investigation revealed evidence of several people 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 providing them narcotic drugs, using threats and physical acts of violence as well as creating purported debts that the victims had to work to pay off. He forced his victims to perform prostitution at various local hotels and motels.
On one occasion, Adeleke provided heroin to one of his victims that caused her to suffer a non-fatal overdose.
“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.”
Adeleke was arrested by Suffolk County Police on Aug. 31, 2018, at the Holiday Inn, located at 215 Sunnyside Boulevard, Plainview.
The trial’s opening statements took place Dec. 2. The jury deliberated for about one day before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts on Tuesday.