A Lindenhurst man allegedly held two females, including a teenager, against their will for months and used a combination of physical and psychological abuse to intimidate them into prostitution, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota charged after prosecutors unsealed a chilling 32-count indictment in Suffolk County Court Thursday.
Andrew Gayot pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, sex trafficking and other charges during his arraignment and was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond.
The indictment comes after Gayot was arrested on Feb. 25 following the execution of a search warrant on his North Green Ave. home where authorities discovered a 15-year-old runaway and a 21-year-old female being held in captivity, prosecutors said. He allegedly advertised their sex services online, prosecutors said.
“The details of the terror inflicted on these women are chilling,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement.
The two females, whose identities are protected under the New York State Civil Rights Law, were often beat with a hammer and an extension cord, Spota alleged, and in one instance, a Taser was used during an assault. During another occasion, Gayot, apparently unsatisfied with the amount of money the teen had acquired after meeting with a john, choked the teen, the district attorney alleged.
One of the most chilling episodes alleged by Spota occurred in the home’s dark basement, in which the two victims were threatened with a chainsaw and subsequently asked: “Now do you believe in the devil?”
Authorities said the teenager had been at the home since November, and the other female for more than a year.
Investigators also allegedly seized several types of drugs from the home, including Methylone, the popular club drug known as “Molly,” Xanax and cocaine, the DA’s office said.
The search also turned up mace, a bulletproof vest and police patches, authorities said.
Gayot’s attorney information was not available.