2005-08-18 / Community

Bloods Tried To Prostitute Teen: DA

A female Bloods gang member and two male associates were indicted this week for kidnapping a 15-year-old runaway, imprisoning her in Far Rockaway and attempting to prostitute her in a scheme to raise bail money for another gang member.

Bloods member Karen Lockhart, 18, Larue Daniel, 28, and Jean M. Gedeon, 20, were charged in an 11-count indictment announced by Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

From May 29 to June 1, Lockhart, Daniel and Gedeon allegedly conspired to prostitute the girl in order to raise money for another Bloods member who goes by the street name “Gutter,” Brown said. Lockhart befriended the girl, who had run away from her Bronx home, and convinced her to come with her to Far Rockaway.

Once here, Lockhart and the victim met with the two men, Gedeon and Daniel, who were given orders from Bloods higher-ups to be Lockhart’s bodyguards and servants as she worked as a prostitute, Brown said.

The 15-year-old runaway was allegedly forced to watch Lockhart ply her trade and was told that she would soon do the same. When she refused, she was taken to Gedeon’s residence at 218 Beach 30 Street, where she was allegedly held prisoner, stripped of her clothes, physically and sexually abused and threatened.

Lockhart, Daniel and Gedeon allegedly told the girl that if she would not work as a prostitute they would put her on the street – stark naked – to be raped. The girl, with only a jacket to wear, escaped from her alleged captors on June 1 and was aided by people she found on the street.

The Wave broke the story of the girl’s nightmarish abduction in the June 10 issue. Police at first said that Daniel and Gedeon raped the girl, but those charges were not brought.

Lockhart, Daniel and Gedeon are charged with two counts of each of the following: kidnapping, attempted promoting prostitution and criminal sexual act. They also face one count of reckless endangerment, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, according to Brown. They each were held without bail and face up to life in prison if convicted.

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