Friday February 8, 2013

Man sentenced in farm worker prostitution case

BRATTLEBORO (AP) -- A former Vermont state worker has been sentenced to six months of home detention for his role in a scheme to bring women from New York City to Vermont to engage in prostitution with farm workers.

Alex Young-Hernandez was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Brattleboro.

The 56-year-old worked as a case aide for the Department of Children and Family Services for 10 years at the time of his arrest, The Burlington Free Press reported.

Young-Hernandez said he learned about the prostitution operation in October 2010 from Jose Flores-Rocha at a trailer in northern Vermont where Young-Hernandez lived with several farm workers, according to court records.

"Flores-Rocha had brought a woman to his trailer to engage in sexual acts with at least one of Young-Hernandez’s roommates, who worked at a nearby farm. Flores-Rocha asked Young-Hernandez to provide numbers and names for farmer workers that might be interested in prostitution services. Young-Hernandez agreed," said a sentencing memorandum filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Ross.

Flores-Rocha was arrested six months later by Border Patrol agents. A woman traveling with him said he had taken her to three farms on March 15, 2011, to provide sexual services to farm workers, court records said.

When Flores-Rocha was arrested, he had Young-Hernandez’s business card and three text messages from Young-Hernandez on his cellphone listing addresses of farms where workers were interested in receiving sexual services, the sentencing memorandum said.

Man arrested on warrant

JACKSON, N.Y. -- A report of a man allegedly offering marijuana to a minor led police to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for an out-of-state robbery.

In a written release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, authorities reported Anthony Osborne, 21, was arrested and charged for the offense of being a fugitive from justice. On Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5, police said sheriff’s Deputy Todd Riche was dispatched to the town of Jackson on Route 22 to investigate a report of a "suspicious male" who offered marijuana to an unidentified 13-year-old male. Upon their arrival, police saw a male walking who matched the description and turned out to be Osborne. After a routine check, police determined there was an active arrest warrant for Osborne out of Kane County, Ill., for robbery. He was taken into custody without incident.

The warrant alleges that Osborne took personal property from an individual by force in Illinois on Aug. 3, 2012. He was arraigned and remanded to the Washington County Jail without bail pending extradition proceedings. Osborne has been living with relatives in the area, police said. Riche and Investigator Matt Lohret handled the case.

-- Zeke Wright

Multi-car accident causes delays on I-89

SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont State Police say several vehicles crashed in both the north and southbound sides of Interstate 89 in South Burlington.

One southbound lane was blocked Friday afternoon and traffic was backed up going north.