Albert Premnauth, 23, of Richmond Hill

QUEENS – Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that a man has been sentenced to three years in prison following a jury conviction last month for raping a teenage girl in February of 2016. The victim, in this case, became entangled with the defendant when her 18-year-old friend, who owed the defendant money, threatened to post a nude video of the girl on the internet if she refused to have sexual intercourse with the defendant.

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Albert Premnauth, 24, of Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens. Last month, a jury found the defendant guilty of second-degree rape, seconddegree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.  Supreme Court Justice Peter Vallone Jr., sentenced Premnauth to three years in prison to be followed by ten years’ post release supervision. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The District Attorney said that, according to the charges, in early 2016, the victim sent a nude video of herself to her 14-year-old female friend as a joke. That friend then shared the video with an 18-year-old friend, who allegedly owed the defendant money for marijuana. The 14-year-old girl was then coerced to either have sex with Premnauth or have the nude video posted online. A meeting was arranged and on February 20, 2016, the victim met the defendant at his home. The girl told Premnauth that she was just 14 and begged him to give her time to pay the money the friend owed. But the defendant refused, forced her to have sex and then gave her $100 cash and a pair of Beats by Dre headphones as payment. Both the cash and the headset were given to the 18-year-old, who sold them to pay Premnauth.

District AttorneyBrown said, “This case tragically demonstrates how dangerous it is for youngsters to take explicit photos or videos of themselves and then send them to others – even those they consider to be trusted friends. Once an image is sent, the sender loses all control over where that image goes next. In this instance, the 14-year-old victim, as a joke, sent a naked video of herself to her 14-year-old female friend on Snapchat. That video then ended up in the hands of the 18-year-old male friend. That friend, sadly, threatened to post it online if the girl did not have sex with the defendant to pay off his debt.”

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