Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Jury Finds Guilt on Sex Assault, Endangering the Welfare of Minors and Distribution of Heroin Charges
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker announce that a Morris County jury has found Aldophus Mims, 42, of Charlotte, North Carolina, guilty of four counts of first degree Human Trafficking, three counts of First degree Promoting Prostitution, two counts of second degree Sexual Assault, one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of third degree Distribution of Heroin.
This was the first Human Trafficking of a Minor trial held in Superior Court in Morris County.
Superior Court Judge Donald Collester presided over the trial and will sentence Mims at a date to be determined.
Mims subsequently was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing. At sentencing, he faces a minimum of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison with no possibility of parole to a maximum of consecutive life sentences. He also will be subject to registration pursuant to Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life.
The crimes occurred over a one week span in June, 2015, when Mims provided heroin to two juvenile females, then ages 15 and 17, and enticed them to engage in acts of prostitution at a Rockaway Township hotel. Mims would collect the money received after the sexual acts were completed. The 15-year old victim also disclosed that Mims engaged in sexual acts with her. Mims then transported the victims to a different hotel in Parsippany to have them continue to engage in acts of prostitution.
At trial, the defendant alleged he had, in fact provided drugs, engaged in sexual acts and encouraged the prostitution of two females, but he claimed the women he engaged were different then the two juvenile victims.
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Boonton, and Hackettstown police departments; the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their involvement in this investigation and prosecution.
Prosecutor Knapp specifically would like to thank and recognize the prosecution team of Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone, Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Beaman and Sergeant Marshall Wang of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their efforts in this case.
Inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.