A man from East Hartford was sentenced to over 11 years federal prison for conspiring with another man to traffic in sex to a 16-year old girl.
Joel Lindsay, known as “Joey Guapo,” was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 135 months in federal prison for child sex trafficking after he brought the teen to an East Windsor hotel in October 2019 and arranged to have people pay to have sex with the minor, according to court records and the U.S. Attorney Office.
Lindsay, a 24-year-old citizen of Jamaica whose last known address was in East Hartford, worked alongside his associate Joseph Pina to bring the girl to the hotel where they photographed her and posted her photos online, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The men arranged “prostitution appointments” for her, knowing she was a minor, and Lindsay collected all the money that was paid to her.
Lindsay and Pina allegedly sexually assaulted the girl while she was still under 18. She also told investigators Lindsay physically assaulted her, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Pina pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and was sentenced in March to 96 months in federal prison, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said.
Lindsay was taken into custody on August 20, 2020. On October 15, Lindsay pleaded guilty for sex trafficking with a minor. He faces immigration proceedings when he completes his prison term, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.