NEWARK, NJ – A New York man is due to appear for the first time today for trying to have sex with two minors and transporting the minors to illegal sexual activities, US attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Berry Norman, 32, is charged with attempting sex trafficking in two minors and transporting the minors to illegal sexual activities in a three-point complaint. He is due to appear before US judge Cathy L. Waldor via video conference this afternoon.
According to the documents submitted in this case and the statements made in court:
On February 24, 2021, Norman lured the victims, both minors, to travel with him from Ohio to New Jersey. On February 25, 2021, Norman placed the victims in a hotel in Hudson County, New Jersey. Norman reportedly tried to persuade the victims to engage in commercial sex acts. Norman told the victims that they could be “paid” for having sex with men and doing sexually explicit “shows” on the computer. The victims refused. On February 27, 2021, Norman committed sexual acts with a victim.
On February 28, 2021, Norman transported the victims to another hotel in New York. Norman bought lingerie for the victims. When they returned to the hotel room, Norman allegedly encouraged the victims to put on their lingerie and engage in sexual acts while a computer broadcast the victims live over the Internet. The victims refused again. Later that evening, a victim watched a laptop turned on and beamed a video of the victims in the hotel room. The victim contacted a relative for help. In turn, the victim’s relative contacted law enforcement, which resulted in Norman’s arrest.
Any count of attempted sex trafficking in a minor and transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity carries a minimum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Acting US attorney Honig credited special agents of the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations under the direction of special agent Jason J. Molina. Members of the New York Police Department, led by Chief Terence A. Monahan; and members of the Hudson County District Attorney’s Office, led by District Attorney Esther Suarez, whose investigations led to the charges.
The government is represented by US Assistant Attorney Kimberly Mitchell of the OCDETF / Narcotics Unit in Newark.