Jeremy “Jerms Black” Naughton was living it up in 2012. The aspiring rapper from Brooklyn had released a single, “Da Paper,” which received positive press, and he was posting photos of himself on Facebook with a bevy of body-painted or scantily clad women.
That came to an abrupt end earlier this year, after a federal jury convicted him in May of sex trafficking, transporting individuals to engage in prostitution and using a gun during the conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Some of the offenses occurred in Montgomery County.
On Friday, a federal judge sentenced Naughton to 36 years in prison. He also will be on probation for five years, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland detailing the sentence.
“This case illustrates that sex trafficking is a very violent and unpleasant business,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in an interview with The Gazette.
The trafficking took place over the course of 2009 and 2010, when Naughton and Charles Anderson, or “Chuck Corners,” abused and trafficked women, according to the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
They targeted women who did not have pimps, the statement said. After meeting the women under the guise that they were prospective johns or pimps, Naughton or Anderson threatened them with handguns and forced the women to work for them.
The two men took the women’s IDs, cellphones and computers so they couldn’t communicate, according to the statement.
Naughton and Anderson targeted eight women, according to Naughton’s indictment. The men would assault the women, sexually abuse them and use other forms of intimidation to coerce them into complying with Naughton’s and Anderson’s demands.
“He is a very dangerous person. He was extremely violent with his prostitutes,” Rosenstein said of Naughton.
Naughton drove from New York to Maryland to kidnap women and take them back to Brooklyn to work as prostitutes, according to an indictment. He also brought women from New York to Maryland to prostitute them here, according to the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Naughton’s methods were extreme. In one case, Naughton choked a woman and forced her to perform oral sex. In another case, he snapped the neck of the dog that one of the women owned.
He tried to hit an Oxon Hill woman with his car in 2009, according to his indictment. Later that year, he barged into a Rockville hotel room, hitting another woman in the face and torso, and demanded she work for him.
In 2010, Naughton forced a woman from a hotel room in Silver Spring, took her with him at the Brooklyn apartment and sexually abused her before attempting to prostitute her from a hotel on Long Island, N.Y. The assaults took place in both New York and Maryland, according to prosecutors.
Anderson, 26, who also goes by “Yowzers,” pleaded guilty earlier this year. He has a sentencing date scheduled for next month.
Michael Citaramanis, Naughton’s public defender, could not be reached Friday evening.
Gary Proctor, who represents Anderson, did not answer phone calls Friday evening either.
“I just want to create better music for myself and for the fans ...,” Naughton said in an interview with Rago Magazine in 2010. “My motivation is growth, creativity, and being artistic,” he said.
“He should be in prison well into 60s under his sentence,” Rosenstein said.