HONESDALE - A Wayne County jury, November 8th, convicted Noel Brown, age 41, of Trafficking in Minors, a felony of the 1st degree.
The jury deliberated for 28 minutes after the two criminal trial, Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney noted.
The jury also convicted Brown of Interference with Custody of Children, felony 2; Dissemination of Photos of Child Sex Acts, felony 2; Corruption of Minors, misdemeanor 2; and Furnishing Liquor to Minors, misdemeanor 3.
In late June of this year, Brown solicited and enticed a 15 year old female from her residence on the Hancock Highway in Oregon Township and transported her to his residence in Monroe County and then later to the Days Inn hotel in Tannersville, Pennsylvania in order to subject her to sexual servitude.
Brown got the victim drunk, sent a partially nude photo of her out over the internet, and took her to the hotel in Tannersville in order to have her engage in sexual acts with his “clients.” Brown even had the victim sign a “contract” to engage in services for those “clients” that included massage, stripping and what was stated as “comfort as defined by the host”.
Edwards stated: “First I want to commend the Pennsylvania State Police at the Honesdale Barracks and the Swiftwater Barracks for their rapid action in finding the female victim and arresting Brown. This is the first Sex Trafficking in Minors case prosecuted in Wayne County and I am so pleased that the jury saw the acts of this defendant for exactly what they were.  The crime of sex trafficking of a minor is one that plays out over and over across our country.”
She continued, “Unlike the crime of drug delivery where the drug can only be sold once, humans can be sold over and over for profit by individuals like this defendant.  I am glad that the issue was brought to light and that this defendant will be unable to corrupt any more young females.  The jury today made a strong statement regarding the defendant’s dangerous and disgusting conduct directed at a 15 year old girl.”

Federal court case as well

Also on November 8th, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 28-year-old Scranton man pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley in Scranton, to sex trafficking of a minor.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the defendant, Mark Matis, admitted to assisting others in transporting and maintaining a minor for the purpose of having the minor engage in prostitution during February through May 2014.
The sex trafficking activity involved placing photographs of the minor along with ads in the adult “escort” section of a website; renting motel rooms in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties where the prostitution activities occurred; providing drugs to the minor; purchasing and providing condoms for the minor to use during commercial sex acts; and serving as security or “bodyguards” at the motels where the commercial sex acts took place.
Matis was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2015, as a result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police. Four persons were charged in connection with the investigation. Sean Cantelmo previously pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 151 months in prison. Jimmy Cantelmo also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Justin Strait pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
Judge Munley scheduled sentencing in the case for February 8, 2017. Matis faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a potential maximum sentence of life in prison. Matis remains detained in prison pending sentencing.
“HSI is pleased that our joint investigation with PSP resulted in the defendant pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. “HSI is devoted to protecting children from predators.”
Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.