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Trial Begins Tuesday For Man Accused Of Human Trafficking In Tewksbury

Mar 30, 2015 06:24AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Headquarters.

A 33-year-old Randolph faces possible life in prison for allegedly operating a human trafficking ring that conducted a good portion of its business in Tewksbury.

The trial of Ryan Duntin is expected to begin Tuesday in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. Duntin is charged with two counts of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, two counts of conspiracy to traffic person for sexual servitude, two counts of deriving support from prostitution, one count of rape and one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

(a.k.a Real, a.k.a Tyrell), was originally indicted by a State Grand Jury in October, 2013.

The case was broken open in July 2013, by the Tewksbury Police Department, which then informed the State Attorney General's Office. This led to investigation involving state, local and federal investigators.

“The Tewksbury Police Department recognizes the seriousness of these human trafficking crimes and is very appreciative of the collaboration that brought this matter to indictment,” said Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan. “We would like to thank (the attorney general) and her Office for their work in protecting these innocent victims and for bringing the perpetrator of these heinous crimes to justice.”

According to investigators, Duntin recruited women into prostitution and forced at least one of them to provide sexual services for a fee in hotels in several Massachusetts communities, namely Tewksbury and Braintree.

According to the AG's office, Duntin allegedly posted or directed advertisements to be posted offering sexual services on websites known to advertise prostitution. Authorities allege that he transported the women in his vehicle, harbored them in hotels, and monitored the money being earned, ultimately collecting the proceeds. He allegedly would frequently use violence and threats of violence. 

Authorities also allege that Duntin raped one of the women and used threats and violence to do so.

According to the AG's office, the investigation revealed Duntin frequently posted or directed the posting of advertisements on websites offering sexual services at locations in other states including Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Evidence indicates that Duntin traveled up and down the East Coast, usually along the Route 95 corridor, and typically never spent more than one or two nights at a location.

Duntin was arrested on Sept. 23, 2013 on a warrant for a violation of probation by Warwick R.I. Police with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Tewksbury Police Department.

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