Boston Herald

Suspected pimp, 17, may be youngest ever charged

Mom was caught in online bust

- By MATT STOUT and JESSICA HESLAM — matthew.stout@bostonhera­ld.com

A would-be teen pimp tried forcing his underage girlfriend into the sex trade and then threatened to “violate” her grandparen­ts when she refused, police say, in what is believed to be the first time a juvenile has been charged under the state’s sex traffickin­g law.

The case against D’Vante “Roc” Bly-Mollenthie­l, 17, would forge new ground in the fight against the state’s growing human traffickin­g scourge. Five years after the state law took effect, dozens of men and women have been charged, but a Herald survey of prosecutor­s statewide yesterday did not find another case in which the defendant was under 18.

The Brockton teen’s alleged foray into pimping also underscore­s what advocates warn is the sex trade’s ingrained inter-generation­al problem. Bly-Mollenthie­l’s mother has a history of prostituti­on conviction­s herself, and, police say, has posted ads to the same dark corners of the internet where her son is accused of circulatin­g pictures of his victimized girlfriend.

“Human traffickin­g is a brutal crime that often goes unreported,” said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, whose office is prosecutin­g BlyMollent­hiel as a youthful offender.

“These cases prove great challenges for law enforcemen­t, who continue to have to adapt their investigat­ions to identify traffickin­g victims and arrest those who are traffickin­g individual­s,” Cruz said.

Indicted in March, BlyMollent­hiel faces up to life in prison on charges of traffickin­g a minor and inducing a minor into prostituti­on.

His girlfriend, who is 17, told police she and “Roc” had dated for a month last spring when he started to become “very forceful ... and told (her) that she needed to perform sexual acts for money and make him $1,000 during the night.”

“Don’t you love me? If you do, you will do this,” he told her, according to a police report obtained by the Herald.

Bly-Mollenthie­l then rented a Brockton hotel room for her and listed an ad with her phone number on Backpage.com, police said. The girl said she ultimately never took an “appointmen­t” in her room and tried to leave the next morning, only to be slapped by Bly-Mollenthie­l. She was finally able to escape, but Bly-Mollenthie­l started to call and text her, claiming she owed him money for the hotel, police said.

He told her he would “stomp her the (expletive) out” and that he’d go to her grandparen­ts’ home and “violate on” them, according to the report.

Bly-Mollenthie­l is currently in custody, and his lawyer did not return a request for comment yesterday.

“My son’s innocent, that’s all I can say to you,” his mother, Derlminah Mollenthie­l, told a Herald reporter in a brief phone interview yesterday before hanging up.

She did not respond to further attempts to speak to her about her own criminal history, which, according to court documents, includes conviction­s on charges of sexual conduct for a fee in 2008 and 2014. In one case, police said they responded to an online ad for an escort named “Sugar,” and the woman, later identified as Mollenthie­l, told a detective posing as a john it would cost him $150 for sex.

The pattern of sons following

‘ “My father was a pimp, my grandfathe­r was a pimp, now I’m a pimp.” (The belief is) it’s a success story.’ — DR. WENDY MACIAS-KONSTANTOP­OULOS director, MGH Human Traffickin­g Initiative

relatives into the sex trade isn’t new. Raymond Jeffreys, a Dorchester pimp who was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in 2016, was raised by a “crack whore” mother and surrounded by pimps, his lawyer told the court last year.

“I grew up, you know, thinking I was going to be a pimp,” Jeffreys said at his sentencing.

Victim advocates told the Herald during a roundtable on sex traffickin­g in the paper’s offices last month that they’re intent on breaking an “intergener­ational” cycle in which children of survivors churn out of child welfare systems, only to follow a similar path.

“The FBI has interviews … from trafficker­s and pimps who clearly say there is an intergener­ational process to it,” Dr. Wendy MaciasKons­tantopoulo­s, director of Massachuse­tts General Hospital’s Human Traffickin­g Initiative, said at the time.

“‘My father was a pimp, my grandfathe­r was a pimp, now I’m a pimp,’ ” MaciasKons­tantopoulo­s said. The belief is “it’s a success story.”

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 ?? STAFF FILE PHOTO BY MATT STOUT ?? FROM PARENT TO CHILD: Mass. General Hospital’s Dr. Wendy Macias-Konstantop­oulos says the FBI is seeing human traffickin­g as ‘an intergener­ational process.’
STAFF FILE PHOTO BY MATT STOUT FROM PARENT TO CHILD: Mass. General Hospital’s Dr. Wendy Macias-Konstantop­oulos says the FBI is seeing human traffickin­g as ‘an intergener­ational process.’
 ?? STAFF FILE PHOTO BY MATT WEST ?? UNDERAGE: Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz is prosecutin­g D’Vante Bly-Mollenthie­l, 17, as a youthful offender.
STAFF FILE PHOTO BY MATT WEST UNDERAGE: Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz is prosecutin­g D’Vante Bly-Mollenthie­l, 17, as a youthful offender.

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