Police in New Windsor say they've shut down a sex trafficking ring. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more.
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- "It's the first case of sex trafficking we've had here in Orange County," said Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips.
New Windsor Police arrested Alexander Adams, 57, Thursday at his home on Little Britain Road in the City of Newburgh. Adams has been charged with 12 counts of sex trafficking, three counts of first degree rape, along with a slew of other charges.
"It's a very serious criminal offense, we know there is a nation-wide problem with sex trafficking," said Michael Biasotti, Chief of Police for the Town of New Windsor.
For more than a year, police and prosecutors say several women were abused by Adams.
"The victims were subjected to ongoing physical and sexual abuse," said Richard Hovey, Town of New Windsor Deputy Police Chief.
Phillips said, "The forcible prostitution of women by this individual who is alleged to have threaten, coerced and beaten them to make them engage in this conduct."
Police say sex trafficking is a crime that impacts many cities and agencies across the county.
What started as an investigation by New Windsor police, launched back in January, quickly grew to include Newburgh, city and town police, as well as the Orange County District Attorney's office.
"Crime has no borders in this area. Whatever happens in the City of Newburgh tends to jump over the boards,” Town of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Clancy said.
Police say they seized more than $10,000 in cocaine, heroin and prescription pills from Adams’ home on Little Britain Road. Officers says they also seized two unregistered hand guns, three vehicles and more than $75,000 in cash.
Biasotti said, "A huge amount of narcotics, pills, weapons and the vehicles were seized. It was a dangerous case, but it was an important case that is just a landmark for us."
Adams is in Orange County Jail, without bail. Prosecutors say he faces a maximum term of up to 25 years in prison on each count of sex trafficking, if convicted.