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Date: 09-12-2021

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United States of America v. Dwayne Anthony Conley, a/k/a "Taquan Rashad"

Case Number: 1:19-cr-00131-PAE

Judge: Paul A. Engelmayer

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (New York County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: New York, NY: Coercion and enticement and the promotion of prostitution criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Dwayne Anthony Conley, a/k/a "Taquan Rashad," exploited and victimized women for his financial gain. He coerced his victims into prostitution, including by physical abuse and exploiting a victim’s heroin addiction. For his wanton indifference to the suffering of his victims – indeed, for inflicting that suffering – Conley has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

According to the Superseding Information, publicly filed documents, and evidence presented at the trial of CONLEY’s codefendant Justin Rivera, in or about 2015, CONLEY persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a victim, described in the Superseding Information as “Victim‑3,” to travel from New York to Virginia to engage in prostitution. CONLEY used violence against Victim‑3 on many occasions. CONLEY also exploited Victim‑3’s severe heroin addiction, verbally abused Victim‑3, used Victim-3 to further his narcotics trafficking, and promoted Victim-3’s prostitution.

In or about 2015, CONLEY also attempted to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce two other victims to travel from New York to Virginia to engage in prostitution. CONLEY further promoted the prostitution of two additional victims, including by posting advertisements on the Internet for commercial sex with the victims, and providing heroin to one of the victims. In total, at his sentencing hearing, CONLEY was held accountable for his victimization and exploitation of five different women.

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In addition to today’s prison sentence, CONLEY, 52, of Central Islip, New York, was sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Ms. Strauss thanked Special Agents and Task Force Officers from the FBI-NYPD New York Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Investigations Unit, and Special Agents from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for their outstanding work on this case.

The case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Rushmi Bhaskaran, Benjamin Woodside Schrier, and Daniel H. Wolf are in charge of the prosecution.

Outcome: 09/10/2021 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Paul A. Engelmayer:Sentencing held on 9/10/2021 for Dwayne Anthony Conley (3) Count 1sss,2sss. Defendant present (in custody) with attorneys, Samuel Gregory & Zachary Taylor. AUSA Benjamin Woodside Schrier present. Court reporter present. See judgment. (ajs) (Entered: 09/10/2021)
09/10/2021 DISMISSAL OF COUNTS on Government Motion as to Dwayne Anthony Conley (3) Count 1,1ss,4s. (lnl) (Entered: 09/10/2021)
09/10/2021 907 JUDGMENT IN A CRIMINAL CASE as to Dwayne Anthony Conley (3). The Defendant pleaded guilty to counts 1sss & 2sss of the S9 Information. All open counts are dismissed on the motion of the United States. IMPRISONMENT: One hundred thirty-two (132) months; Sixty months on count 1sss and one hundred thirty-two (132) months on count 2sss, these terms to run concurrently. The court makes the following recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons: The Court recommends that the defendant designated to as close to the New York City as possible to facilitate family visits. The Court also recommends that the defendant be designated to a facility where he can receive proper medical attention for his medical needs. The Court finally recommends that the defendant be placed in any mental health program for which he is eligible. The defendant is remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Five (5) years: three (3) years on count 1sss, and five (5) years on count 2sss, these terms to run concurrently. ASSESSMENT: $200.00 due immediately. RESTITUTION: $16,000.00. (Signed by Judge Paul A. Engelmayer on 9/10/2021) (lnl) (Entered: 09/10/2021)

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