Bath, NY (Star-Gazette) -- A Florida woman used careful planning and a coded message to outwit
a New York man accused of kidnapping her, then keeping her as a
sex slave in the home he said he shared with his grandparents, according
to court documents.
Brandon Todd, 19, of Ontario County, is charged in U.S. District Court in
Rochester with interstate kidnapping. Court papers allege Todd kidnapped the victim in San Diego in April, brought her to New York, then kept her in
his bedroom at his grandparents' home until her mid-May escape in Bath.
what I've been taught, ... she wasn't allowed at any time to leave my
sight," Todd allegedly said to an FBI agent who asked about the
is further accused of asking the FBI to help him find her after she got
away, and of suing her in Steuben County Family Court over hospital
bills related to her escape plan, in which she faked an asthma attack to
get away from the home.
County District Attorney Brooks Baker said Todd has been charged with
second-degree perjury, a class E felony, in the family court matter.
The details in this article come from the criminal complaint against Todd filed in U.S. District Court in Rochester.
victim said that on April 19, she took a bus from West Palm Beach,
Florida, to San Diego to see her mother, get a car and look for a job.
got on the bus sometime before it reached San Diego, sat next to the
woman and wouldn't leave her alone. When they got to San Diego, he
suggested they get a hotel, and she agreed, hoping to call someone she
knew to pick her up from the hotel.
the way to the hotel, Todd told her he was in the Latin Kings gang and
that she shouldn't try to escape, or she or her family would face
retribution, according to the complaint.
they got to the hotel, Todd took her to Walmart and bought a machete, a
knife and some clothes for her to change into. They went back to the
hotel, and he raped her, with the machete next to the bed, according to
the complaint. Todd also took her phone, broke it in three pieces and
placed the pieces in different spots, saying he didn't want them to be
tracked, she said.
After two days in California, Todd took the victim on a bus bound for
Rochester, telling her that he would have "50 dudes" show up and
"shake" her mom if she didn't go with him.
Rochester, they were picked up by a man she was told was Todd's
grandfather. Todd referred to the victim by a different name in his
grandfather's presence. The grandfather never spoke to her or looked her
in the eye, she said. She was terrified, according to what she told the
FBI agent who investigated the case.
took her to his bedroom in his grandparents' house in Naples, NY and kept
her locked there for about two and a half weeks, except for a few trips
away from the home, she told the FBI.
she wanted to use the bathroom, Todd would follow her there, watch as
she used the toilet, then marched her back to his bedroom, she said.
was only allowed to sleep from midnight to 4 a.m. on Todd's floor. Todd
beat her with his belt, stomped her foot with steel-toed boots and
threatened to kill her or her mother. He also raped her several times a
day, she said.
Todd's bedroom, Todd used phones to make arrangements for drug deals and
to receive money, she said. He also called the FBI agent who later
arrested him, sometimes putting the calls on speakerphone so she could
her he was working with "the feds" as a confidential informant, and that
she was also working with the feds. He said if she spoke to anyone
other than the FBI, she would be arrested and charged with a crime.
Calls to the FBI
Special Agent Barry Couch said in late April or early May he received a
phone call from Todd, who said he wanted to give the FBI information
about a human sex trafficking ring.
called back daily for about two weeks, telling Couch and two FBI task
force officers that he was involved with the trafficking.
said he recruited girls and women for the organization, according to
the complaint. He said the reason he called the FBI was because he had
recruited a woman and started to have personal feelings for her, and he
didn't want her to be involved in the trafficking. He also said he
wanted to help other victims get out of the ring.
A large topic of conversation with the FBI was an unnamed missing person that Todd said he had information about.
of the places that Todd took the victim was a public library in Naples,
according to the complaint. Once, he took her to a drug deal there, and
she realized she was in Naples, N.Y., according to the complaint. She
used a pay phone and computers at the library to tell her boyfriend that
she was in danger. She also told him the library's address.
The victim knew she had to get away and came up with a plan.
May 12, she faked an asthma attack, hoping that Todd would take her to a
hospital. He took her to Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath.
the way to the hospital, she told Todd she was calling a friend to say
she was OK. Instead, she called her boyfriend. The victim "was cryptic
in the call, but was able to tell (her boyfriend) that Todd was taking
her to a hospital," according to the complaint.
Todd waited at the hospital while she was treated, according to the complaint.
one point, someone at the hospital tried to discharge the victim.
According to hospital records cited in the complaint, the victim begged,
"please don't make me leave; he is dangerous and I have been trapped in
his house for the last three weeks."
state police came to speak to her, the hospital records said she was
weeping, and that a "young man" who was outside the room, waiting for
her, had left.
the hospital, the victim told state police she was working with the FBI.
Because of what Todd told her earlier about how she might be arrested
for speaking to anyone other than the FBI, she was too afraid to tell
the state police about her ordeal, according to the complaint.
Someone from the hospital called her boyfriend, who picked her up. They drove back to Florida.
After the escape
mid-May, Todd called the FBI and said he was hoping they would help him
find the victim, who he thought might be in a hospital or shelter.
June 18, Todd filed a lawsuit against the victim in Steuben County
Family Court after hospital bills came to his home after the escape. In
the suit, he claimed that she was his fiancee, according to the
On June 28, Todd called the FBI again, this time saying he wanted to
provide information about drug activity and seeking immunity. The
discussion moved to the woman he had asked the FBI to help locate. Todd
said the woman was the victim, identified her by name, and said he
gained her trust over drinks, and later he started falling in love with
her, according to the complaint.
Couch asked Todd if he ever had to threaten somebody to stay with him and how the threats worked.
use force, use weapons, use knives, you know, give ' em a beating, you
know, threaten their families to start," Todd allegedly said on a
recorded call. "I've seen a couple of girls bleed before."
spoke to the victim and filed a criminal complaint. Todd was arrested
July 10 and appeared that day in U.S. District Court in Rochester. The
U.S. Attorney's Office asked that Todd be held, based on his risk of
flight and danger.
a hearing Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Rochester, Todd
asked for a new lawyer to represent him, the court clerk's office said.
Todd was sent back to jail. No date is set for his next appearance.
Todd is charged in Steuben County with second-degree perjury, a class E felony, in the family court suit against the victim.
is one of those rare cases where we actually have enough outside
witness testimony to show the family offense petition is patently
false," said Steuben County District Attorney Baker. "He is in federal
custody, so the federal kidnapping charge still is the primary, and by
far the most significant, offense he is facing."