Rhode Island State Police lead investigation to arrest a Dorchester man for sex trafficking.
On Friday, RI State Police were notified of a 15-year-old girl who was reported missing that morning. She was believed to be with an unknown adult man in the Providence area.
State Police along with Brockton and Providence Police tracked the missing girl to an apartment at 202 Jewett Street. With her, they found Anthony Pledger, 26, of Dorchester, along with a 16-year-old Malden girl who was also reported missing.
Investigators concluded that Pledger had met the 15-year-old girl online and met her Thursday near her home. Pledger and the girl then picked up her 16-year-old friend and returned to Providence. He promised to give them clothes and other items if they agreed to perform sexual acts for money. When the girls refused, Pledger said he would not bring them back home despite their requests.
The 15-year-old girl also said Pledger sexually assaulted her.
Emma Schnorr, the owner of the Providence apartment, was also taken into custody for obstructing investigators when she said the missing girl was not inside the apartment. She also was carrying "crack" cocaine.
A search of the apartment turned up several computers, tablets and cell phones, seven bags of cocaine totaling approximately 5 grams, Oxycodone pills, and $4582.00.
Pledger was arraigned and charged with Sex Trafficking of a Minor, 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, Enticement of a Child, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Emma Schnorr was also arraigned and charged with Obstruction of a Police Officer and Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Deliver.
They were both ordered held without bail and will be formally arraigned in the Sixth District Court in Providence on Monday morning.
Both missing girls were released to their parents. The investigation is ongoing and will seek to identify any other potential victims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
If anyone has any additional knowledge of this suspect please contact
The Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau at 401-444-1046