From the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey...
BOSTON — Two men have been indicted in connection with trafficking multiple victims for sex, including minors, on Cape Cod and in Boston, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. One of the defendants is also charged with enticement of a child and posing a child in a state of nudity.
Patrick McDowell, age 52, of Dennis, and Jayquan (a.k.a. JQ) Monteiro, age 24, of Dorchester, were indicted on June 14 by a Statewide Grand Jury.
McDowell was charged with Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude (2 counts in Suffolk; 5 counts in Barnstable), Sex for a Fee (2 counts in Suffolk, 6 counts in Barnstable), Conspiracy to Traffic Persons for Sexual Servitude (1 count in Suffolk, 1 count in Barnstable), and Assault and Battery (1 count in Barnstable). He was also charged with Posing a Child in a State of Nudity (1 count), Enticement of a Child (1 count), and Dissemination of Matter Harmful to a Minor (1 count) in Suffolk County. The maximum penalty for trafficking a child under the age of 18 for sex is life in state prison.
Monteiro was charged in Barnstable County with Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude (1 count), Deriving Support from Prostitution (1 count), and Assault and Battery (1 count). He was also charged with Conspiracy to Traffic Persons for Sexual Servitude (1 count in Suffolk, 1 count in Barnstable).
The various charges stem from Barnstable and Suffolk counties where authorities allege young women, including minors, were trafficked for sex at McDowell’s Dennis home and at hotels in the Boston area and on Cape Cod.
Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, along with members of the Dennis Police Department, arrested McDowell in Dennis on June 15 and he was arraigned later that day on the charges stemming from Suffolk County in Suffolk Superior Court where he pleaded not guilty. McDowell’s bail was set at $100,000 cash with the conditions of release that he stay away from all victims, witnesses and co-defendants in the case. McDowell will be arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court at a later date.
Monteiro is currently being held on $20,000 cash bail after he was arrested in March 2018 and arraigned in district court as a part of this investigation. He will be arraigned on the indictments in Suffolk and Barnstable Superior Courts at later dates.
The AG’s Human Trafficking Division joined an investigation in January 2018 after the matter was referred by the Dennis and Randolph Police Departments. The investigation revealed that between Oct. 2017 and Jan. 2018, McDowell arranged for commercial sexual activity with victims at his residence in Dennis and at hotels on Cape Cod and in the Boston area. Authorities allege that McDowell would also supply these victims with narcotics and texted photos of his genitalia.
Authorities further allege that McDowell met some of these victims through Monteiro, who acted as a pimp and arranged some of the visits, transported some of the young women to Cape Cod, and received money from McDowell. McDowell also regularly paid for the victims’ transportation.
The investigation further revealed that on one occasion, McDowell physically struck one of the victims and that, on a different occasion, Monteiro also struck a victim.
The AG’s Victim Services Division is working with victim service organizations to ensure victims have the assistance and services they need.
These charges are allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
AG Healey has a dedicated Human Trafficking Division that focuses on policy, prevention and prosecution and includes a team of specialized prosecutors, victim advocates and Massachusetts State Police troopers who handle high impact, multi-jurisdictional human trafficking investigations and prosecutions across the state. Through the Human Trafficking Division, the AG’s Office has charged more than 40 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law was passed.
On Friday, in a separate case, the AG’s Human Trafficking Division arraigned a Quincy man on charges in connection with trafficking multiple victims for sex at a residential brothel in Allston and Lucky Star Body Work in Stoneham, which were set up as fronts for criminal activity.
As part of her commitment to reduce the demand for illegal sex and raise awareness about sex trafficking, AG Healey joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the business community in May to announce that 23 businesses adopted zero-tolerance policies on sex buying for their workplaces as part of a new initiative called Employers Against Sex Trafficking (EAST).
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Rothstein of the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocate Nikki Antonucci and Financial Investigator Molly Parks. The investigation was handled by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Dennis Police Department, the Randolph Police Department, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, with assistance from the Boston Police Department.