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Lindenhurst man charged with sex trafficking, kidnapping promoting prostitution and other crimes

HAUPPAUGE - A Lindenhurst man pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, sex trafficking and other charges in a 32 count indictment unsealed in Suffolk County court Thursday.  Andrew “Andy” Gayot was order held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail, or one million bond. 

The top count in the indictment is kidnapping in the second degree, a class “B” violent felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Gayot was arrested February 25 when Suffolk County Police and Probation officers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at 258 North Greene Ave. in Lindenhurst, a house containing several inhabitants.  Investigators discovered a 15-year-old female, who had run away from home, and a 21-year-old female being held against their will by the defendant, who used intimidation, physical abuse and psychological cruelty to coerce the women into prostitution. The defendant advertised the prostitution services on Backpage.com. 

The victims have not been identified because both women are the victims of sex crimes and their identification is a violation of New York State Civil Rights Law.

“The details of the terror inflicted on these women are chilling,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said