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Oct 14, 2019

NJ Jury Acquits Massage Therapist Accused of Sex Assault

NJ Jury Acquits Massage Therapist Accused of Sex Assault

A massage therapist accused of touching a female client inappropriately during a session has been acquitted of sexual assault charges.

Oct 7, 2015

Third Person Charged in Massage Parlor Sex Trafficking Ring: DA

Third Person Charged in Massage Parlor Sex Trafficking Ring: DA

A third person was arrested on sex trafficking charges in connection with a scheme to solicit workers for a Queens couple's massage parlors on Long Island, then force those workers into sex acts with customers...

Sep 24, 2015

NYC Couple Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges: D.A.

NYC Couple Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges: D.A.

A New York City husband and wife are each facing sex trafficking charges on accusations they solicited workers for their massage parlor businesses on Long Island, then threatened them into sex acts with...

Feb 26, 2014

NJ Couple Arrested for Human Trafficking: DA

NJ Couple Arrested for Human Trafficking: DA

A New Jersey couple was arrested on charges of human trafficking and promoting prostitution Wednesday, accused of employing a girl to have sex with customers in exchange for money at a local massage parlor...

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Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.
Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...
EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.
Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.
The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.
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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last month.
Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.
Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.
Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...
FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.
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