In what the Queens district attorney called a “horrific case,” two people from Ozone Park were indicted last week on a host of charges alleging they forced a kidnapped teenage girl into prostitution at an illegally occupied house on 101st Avenue.
DA Richard Brown identified the lead defendant as 22-year-old Gary Council, 105-31 91st St., as well as co-defendants Andrea Furlonge, 21, of 83-14 101st Ave., and four men from Brooklyn in the case that could result in the defendants being sentenced to a combined 140 years in prison.
According to the allegations, the 15-year-old victim from Long Island was with a friend in Brooklyn on Feb. 6, when she was picked up by defendant Junior Goldring, of Brooklyn, and another man who has not been apprehended and taken to the house in Ozone Park, Brown said.
Both Council and Furlonge were identified by the house’s actual owner, Tsung Chen, who said they were illegally occupying the house Feb. 5, when he returned for the second time in two weeks to find the building’s locks broken, according to the DA’s office.
When the victim arrived at the house, Council allegedly restrained her when she tried to escape and Furlonge allegedly took nude pictures of her and posted them on backpage.com to advertise prostitution services, Brown said.
The district attorney said the criminal complaint contends that between Feb. 6 and 11, the victim was forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men inside the location in exchange for money, all of which was collected by Furlonge and given to Council.
The DA also alleges that on Feb. 8 Council and another Brooklyn man forced the victim to take two Ecstasy pills, then tied her up and raped her, Brown said.
He said on one occasion, according to the allegations, the victim tried to leave but Council pulled her back inside and threatened her should she try to flee again. Brown said she finally escaped Feb. 12, when Council allegedly told her to go across the street and get him something from the store and she took the opportunity to run away.
Council faces a long list of charges, including kidnapping, rape, criminal sexual act, compelling prostitution, sex trafficking, burglary, grand larceny and endangering the welfare of a child and, if convicted, faces up to 25 years in prison, Brown said.
Furlonge was charged with compelling prostitution, sex trafficking, burglary, promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Brown. She also faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
The district attorney said the long sentences were appropriate to the crimes. alleged crimes.
“If convicted, the defendants deserve to be sentenced to lengthy terms in prison both as punishment and to send a clear message that crimes such as this will not be tolerated in Queens County,” he said.
Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-260-4574.
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