A Dracut man was convicted last week of sex trafficking by a federal jury, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.
Reginald Abraham, 51, was found guilty of four counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, from 2012 through 2016, from his homes in Dracut and Malden.
Abraham was arrested and charged on Sept. 6, 2017, following an investigation launched in January 2017.
Abraham mostly used social media to connect with the victims — all from Maine — in an effort to convince them to move in with him, the release states. He then drove the victims to his house in Malden, then Dracut, where he trafficked the women throughout New England, the release said.
The defendant controlled the women through physical violence, rape, threats and the supply of drugs, including heroine and crack cocaine, according to the release.
Private practice attorney Kevin Barron of Boston and Criminal Defense Attorney Zachary Lown of Boston-based Lown Law Firm represented Abraham in court.
Barron declined to comment last week. Lown was unavailable for comment.
Attempts to locate Abraham’s Dracut residence were unsuccessful. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston could not release Abraham’s Dracut address, and his name does not appear in the Dracut assessor’s property database.
U.S. District Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Nov. 20. Abraham faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and up to a life sentence, or five years of supervised release and a fine of no more than $250,000.
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