Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese
An East New York man has been charged with sex trafficking of a child, promoting prostitution and rape for the alleged sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
DA Gonzalez said, “This disturbing crime demonstrates that the sex trafficking and exploitation of children is a very real and serious problem in our society. We must protect our youth, especially the most vulnerable, from predators, and we must continue to do all we can to raise awareness about human trafficking.”
Gonzalez identified the defendant as Bryant Entzminger, 40, of East New York. He was arraigned on Friday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser on a six-count indictment in which he is charged with sex trafficking of a child, second- and fourth-degree promoting prostitution, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of third-degree rape.
If convicted of the top count, he is facing a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. The defendant was ordered held without bail and to return to court on January 5, 2021.
According to the indictment, on Oct. 13, 2020, Entzminger, who was in the front seat of a red car, allegedly approached the victim as she was walking near Avenue J and invited her to his home.
He allegedly drove the victim to his home in East New York, where he and the victim had sex, and he asked her if she wanted to work with him to make some money.
Then, he dressed her in a suggestive outfit and took photos of her to use in online advertisements in order to arrange dates during which the victim engaged in various sex acts with men in exchange for money.
Between Oct. 13 and Oct. 25, he allegedly took the victim to underground strip clubs where she was made to dance, strip and engage in various sex acts with men in exchange for money. The victim collected the money and gave it directly to the defendant.
Entzminger is also charged with arranging dates for the victim to meet with men at hotels in Brooklyn to engage in sex in exchange for money. He also brought allegedly her to a track in East New York where she solicited men to engage in various sex acts in exchange for money. He allegedly instructed the victim what to charge men for various sex acts. In all these instances, she collected the money and gave it directly to the defendant, the DA’s Office says.
In the late evening of Oct. 24, 2020, the victim used a cell phone provided by the defendant to contact a friend and family member. Her family member contacted the New York City Police Department. On Oct. 25, NYPD officers rescued her and brought her to Kings County Hospital for medical treatment.
Finally, the DA’s Office alleges that between Oct. 13 and Oct. 25, Entzminger engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim multiple times.