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Police: Long Island man held women captive for months

Andy Gayot, 35, is accused of holding a woman and teenage girl captive and forcing them to work as prostitutes, police say.
Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Dept.

A Long Island man has been arrested after authorities said he kept a woman and a 15-year-old girl against their will for several months and forced them to work as prostitutes, Suffolk County police said Feb. 26.

Andy Gayot, 35, of Lindenhurst, was awaiting arraignment Wednesday afternoon after being charged with compelling prostitution, rape, unlawful imprisonment, weapons and drug possession charges.

Suffolk Police Lt. Robert Edwards said Gayot had been holding the 21-year-old woman captive for about a year. A 15-year-old girl who had run away from home was allegedly held for approximately four months.

Investigators said the captive women were not physically restrained in the home, but were forced to act as prostitutes, physically abused and threatened with force and intimidation. They were also given large amounts of drugs “to keep them more or less compliant,” Edwards said.

Authorities said Gayot would advertise on social media sites that the women were available for sex. He would then drive them to an arranged meeting place.

“The girls would do the acts; engage in a sexual act for money and then move on,” Edwards said. “They received no money for this. All the money went to Andy Gayot.”

The women were rescued Tuesday after police, probation officers and FBI agents executed a search warrant at Gayot’s home at 258 North Greene Ave. in Lindenhurst.

Suffolk County probation officials were able to obtain a search order to raid the after a probation officer developed information that another occupant of the home – who was on probation – may have been involved with illicit activity in the house, according to Patrice Dlhopolsky, the director of the county’s probation department.

Dlhopolsky said officers raiding the home “uncovered more than we could have ever expected.” She said the man targeted in the initial search order was not arrested or involved with the women.

Another man on probation – who also lived in the home – was arrested during the search after violating a court protective order, she said. “There were a lot of people in there,” she said of the home. “It was good work by our probation officer.”

The Associated Press reported that police provided no details Wednesday about the whereabouts or conditions of the women.

Gayot was formally charged with compelling prostitution, three counts of promoting prostitution, third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and other charges.

Reached by phone, his defense attorney, Larry Flowers, said Gayot denies the allegations against him and will be found innocent after all the facts come out.

Gayot was being held Wednesday night at the Suffolk County Jail in lieu of more than $1.2 million bail.

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