2010-07-16 / Top Stories

Rockaway Pimp Charged With Bribery

By Howard Schwach

An alleged Far Rockaway pimp has been indicted on charges of offering a bribe to a 15-year-old girl in an attempt to stop her from testifying in a case in which he is charged with kidnapping and pimping her when she was 14 years old, court papers show.

District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Dathan (a.k.a. Budda) Davis, 28, of 19-15 Seagirt Boulevard.

Justice John Holder set bail at $750,000 and ordered Davis to return to court on August 24, 2010. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Brown said that, according to the charges, Davis was served in May 2009 with an order of protection directing him to stay away from the teenage girl whom he is alleged to have kidnapped and who had worked for him as a prostitute. It is alleged that Davis met with the girl sometime between March 1, 2010 and April 4, 2010, and offered to share the proceeds of a lawsuit he would bring against the City of New York if she disappeared or otherwise avoided appearing as a witness at his upcoming trial. It is further alleged that Davis had the girl call the case detective and tell him that she was unwilling to testify. Davis was originally indicted in May 2009, on charges of kidnapping, promoting prostitution, unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Davis picked up the 14-year-old victim in early January 2009 and had her work as a prostitute for him for several weeks before she managed to escape. Thereafter, Davis allegedly abducted the 14-year-old in February 2009 and held her against her will and physically assaulted her for running away.

Davis was arraigned on July 8 in Queens Supreme Court on an eightcount indictment charging him with two counts of bribing a witness, two counts of third-degree tampering with a witness, two counts of fourth-degree tampering with a witness, one count of second-degree criminal contempt and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

He faces up to 25 years in prison in the underlying case.

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