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Suspects in child prostitution case agree to be held without bail

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 17, 2013 12:54 PM

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A Malden man and Lynn woman, who allegedly prostituted a girl who ran away from a treatment center for teenage girls, have agreed to be held without bail, court records show.

David Minasian, 24, of Malden and his girlfriend, Madonna Say, 23, of Lynn volunteered to be held without bail pending trial during a hearing in US District Court in Boston on April 12, according to court documents. Each were indicted on a charge of sex trafficking of children in US District Court in Boston April 12, after being initially charged April 8.

The victim had run away from an area clinic for teenage girls with behavioral problems, and Minasian found her walking the streets of Chelsea in July, according to an FBI affidavit. He took her on a road trip to Florida, where he plied her with alcohol, heroin, and painkillers and first began to sell her as a prostitute, according to the affidavit.

When Minasian and the victim returned to his home in Malden, Say took sexually explicit photos of the girl and created online escort service ads, the affidavit said. The advertisements were posted between Aug. 3 and 17, 2012. They rented a room at the Hyatt Hotel in Braintree, where men came to have sex with the 15-year-old.

Photographs of the victim were found as Malden police and the FBI conducted a search of Minasian's Essex Street home in October as part of a drug distribution investigation, the affidavit said.

Prosecutors intend to call as many as a dozen witnesses, if the case goes to trial, court records indicate. No upcoming hearing dates had been scheduled as of April 16. An agreement to be held without trial is not an indication of guilt.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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