2012-02-03 / Top Stories

Dathan‘Budda’ Davis Sentenced In Forced Sex Case

By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to forcing two teenage female runaways – a 14-yearold and a 17-year-old – to work in the sex trade on the streets of Queens has been sentenced to 4 1/3 to 13 years in prison.

A second defendant in the case involving the 14-year-old was sentenced to 3 1/2 to seven years in prison for promoting prostitution and a third defendant pleaded guilty to attempted assault of the young girl and will be sentenced next month to up to three years in prison.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified two of the defendants as Dathan (Budda) Davis, 28, of 19-15 Seagirt Boulevard and Harvey Hankinson, 35, of 100-16 194 Street in Queens.

Davis pleaded guilty on January 3, 2012, to two counts of third-degree promoting prostitution before Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas who imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison on one count of promoting prostitution.

Hankinson pleaded guilty on January 3, 2012, to third-degree promoting prostitution, also before Justice Zayas, who imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of 3 1/2 to seven years in prison.

District Attorney Brown said, “This case is a good example as to how seriously we in Queens take cases of commercial sexual exploitation of women and children. The defendants have all acknowledged their involvement in forcing young girls into lives of degradation that also exposes them to the risk of being seriously injured. As such, the prison terms being imposed by the court are more than warranted.”

The case began in May 2009 when the New York City Police Department’s Vice Enforcement Division began conducting a proactive undercover investigation with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Special Proceedings Bureau at the Office Lounge and Restaurant located at 115-55 Lefferts Boulevard, where “prostitution nights” were allegedly being held. In executing a search warrant at the Office Lounge on May 15, 2009, Davis and Hankinson were arrested for prostituting a 17-yearold female runaway. Thereafter, the Vice’s Major Case Squad discovered a 14-year-old girl whom Davis had picked up in early January 2009 and had working as a prostitute for him for several weeks before she managed to escape. Thereafter, Davis and Hankinson allegedly abducted the 14-year-old in February 2009 and held her against her will and physically assaulted her for running away.

A third defendant, Dathan Davis’s brother, Trashawn Davis, 34, of 754 Broad Street in Providence, Rhode Island, was arrested on January 8, 2010, and charged with assaulting the 14- year-old victim by placing a belt around her neck and choking her until she passed out. The incident occurred after she had run away and Davis and Hankinson had forcibly returned her to Queens County.

Trashawn Davis pleaded guilty on January 3, 2012, to second-degree attempted assault before Justice Zayas and will be sentenced to 1 1/2 to three years in prison when sentenced on February 28, 2012.

As the case against Dathan Davis and Hankinson progressed, Davis, who had been served at the time of his arrest in May 2009 with an order of protection directing him to stay away from the 14- year-old, 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.

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