Posted Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker announce that Aldophus Mims, 42, of Charlotte, N.C. has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison after being found guilty at trial of human trafficking, promoting prostitution and drug charges.
Mims must serve 40 years before he is eligible for parole and he also is subject to Megan’s Law registration, according to the sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Donald Collester in Morristown on Tuesday.
On June 12, a Morris County jury found Mims guilty of four counts of Human Trafficking, three counts of Promoting Prostitution, two counts of Sexual Assault, one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of Distribution of Heroin.
The crimes occurred over a one week span in June, 2015, when Mims provided heroin to two juvenile females, then aged 15 and 17, and enticed them to engage in acts of prostitution at a Rockaway Township hotel. At the hotel the victims met with several male clients.
Mims would then collect the money received after the sexual acts were completed. The 15-year old victim also disclosed that Mr. 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.
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank police departments in Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, Boonton, and Hackettstown, and 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 recognized the prosecution team of Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone, Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Beaman, Sergeant Marshall Wang and Detective Craig May of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their efforts in this case.
“Assistant Prosecutors Magnone and Beaman did an outstanding job trying a very complex case. Additionally, the investigation by Sgt. Wang and Det. May was exemplary. All are to be commended,” said Knapp.
He also noted that Assistant Prosecutor Magnone and Sgt. Wang have been specially trained, and are statewide leaders, in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking.
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