LINDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) - A suburban New York man is denying charges he kept a woman and a 15-year-old girl captive for months and forced them to work as prostitutes.
Suffolk County Police say the 21-year-old woman was held for over a year. The teenager was allegedly held for about four months.
Police say 35-year-old Andy Gayot was arrested Tuesday at his Lindenhurst home. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to prostitution, rape, unlawful imprisonment, weapons and drug charges.
Bond was set at $1,002,500.
Defense attorney Larry Flowers says Gayot denies the allegations and will be found innocent once all the facts are known.
Authorities refused to say anything about the condition or whereabouts of the women.
Police, probation officers and FBI agents went to the house because of a probation department warrant. Authorities said they had sensed something suspicious at the house during a prior visit.
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