Man sentenced in prostitution ring
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | February 08,2013
BRATTLEBORO — Alejandro Young-Hernandez stood before Judge J. Garvan Murtha in U.S. District Court in Brattleboro and said he has been “living a nightmare” ever since he took part in a migrant worker prostitution ring.
The Hyde Park man, a former Department of Youth Services and Department of Corrections worker, expressed remorse for his actions and pleaded guilty on Thursday to a single conspiracy count.
“I honestly regret what happened. I’ve never done anything like this before and will never do anything like this again,” Young-Hernandez told the judge.
“You’ve learned a serious lesson,” Murtha replied.
Young-Hernandez faced five years in prison for the crime but by agreeing to work with federal officials, U.S. prosecutors gave him six months of home confinement and two years probation as part of a plea agreement. His lawyer Frank Twarog of Burlington said Young-Hernandez is taking part in mental health counseling as a result of his involvement and he is now at a turning point in his life.
“He’s withdrawn, he’s a recluse and he struggles to do what he needs to do. He accepts full responsibility,” Twarog said.
According to court documents, Jose Flores-Rocha of Mexico transported women from New York to Vermont to provide sexual favors for migrant farm workers. When Flores-Rocha was arrested, he had in his possession a list of contacts and farms where the women would travel to and provide sexual favors, court documents said.
Young-Hernandez was listed as one of Flores-Rocha’s contacts and he provided Flores-Rocha with telephone numbers and addresses of farm workers in Lamoille County in October 2010, according to court documents.
In March 2011, Flores-Rocha brought young women with him to these locations that Young-Hernandez provided and the pair would wait while sexual acts took place, court documents said. Flores-Rocha would collect $60 for each act and the women involved were Hispanic females in their early to mid-20s, according to the documents.
Flores-Rocha pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport women for prostitution last July and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Young-Hernandez declined to comment as he left the U.S. District court on Thursday. Twarog said his client is satisfied with the ruling.
“The case is no longer hanging over his head and it allows him to move forward now,” Twarog said.
Twarog did not comment as to what his client’s motivations were.