By Gabriel Rom
FOREST HILLS — A Forest Hills man is facing between six and 12 years in prison for the recruitment and statutory rape of two young women, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week.
Peter Gerardi, 30, was convicted in November on a slew of charges, including two counts of compelling prostitution and 21 counts of statutory rape.
According to court documents, Gerardi, while on parole, approached and befriended a 13-year-old girl on the street in March 2011. He asked her to perform sexual acts with men in exchange for money and provided her with rules and instructions on how much to charge the men.
On one occasion Gerardi grabbed the young girl by her arm and threatened that “if you ever leave me again, I will slap the (expletive deleted) out of you,” a release from the DA stated.
Gerardi also had sex with the victim and forced her to perform oral sex on him numerous times, the DA said.