MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County jury on Wednesday found Aldophus Mims, 42, of Charlotte, NC guilty of four counts of first-degree human trafficking, three counts first-degree promoting prostitution, two counts second-degree sexual assault, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts third-degree distribution of heroin, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.
This was the first Human Trafficking of a Minor trial in Morris County history. The Honorable Donald G. Collester, J.S.C., retired and acting on recall, presided over the trial, and will sentence Mims at a later date, Knapp said.
Mims was subsequently remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing. He faces a minimum of 20 years in state prison with no possibility of parole to potential consecutive life sentences. He will also be subject to registration pursuant to Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life, Knapp said.
The crimes themselves occurred over a one week span in June of 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. He would then collect the money received after the sexual acts were completed. The 15-year-old victim also disclosed that he engaged in sexual acts with her. He then transported the victims to a different hotel in Parsippany to have them continue to engage in acts of prostitution, Knapp said.
During the trial, Mims alleged that he had in fact provided drugs, engaged in sexual acts and encouraged the prostitution of two women, but claimed that the women he was talking about were different then the two juvenile victims.
The Rockaway Borough Police Department, Rockaway Township Police Department, Town of Boonton Police Department, Hackettstown Police Department, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit assisted in the investigation.
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