Southington police arrest Bristol man on sex trafficking charges

Southington police arrest Bristol man on sex trafficking charges

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SOUTHINGTON — Police have arrested a 35-year-old Bristol man on charges of human trafficking and promoting prostitution in the first degree after an investigation which started last December, when police were called to a reported domestic dispute at a local motel.

Police detained Guy Fletcher, 35, of Bristol on Nov. 10, six months after obtaining an warrant for his arrest.

The reported dispute between a man and a woman that launched the investigation occurred on Dec. 12, 2018 at Motel 6 on Queen Street.

Officers who responded to that call found a woman at the scene, but the man — later determined to be Fletcher — had already left. Police interviewed the woman, learning that Fletcher had allegedly been acting as the woman’s pimp and had been arranging dates for her at different motels through the state. 

The woman told police that Fletcher had withheld money and property from her “as a means to control her.” Police said as the investigation progressed, officers identified a possible second victim of trafficking by Fletcher. 

Police sought and obtained the court-issued arrest warrant last May. 

Fletcher posted the court-set bond of $100,000 and had been scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in New Britain Court. However, according to court records, Fletcher so far has not pleaded in the case. His next court appearance is scheduled Dec. 27. Fletcher has not yet been assigned an attorney or obtained his own legal representation, according to court records. 

Fletcher has a criminal history, including two separate convictions for drug possession with the intent to distribute.

Elliott said motels and hotels are a common venue for sex trafficking. Perpetrators in these cases will often book a room or suite of rooms for two or three days at a time. 

Police eventually established a trafficking pattern, identified a second victim, and were eventually able to identify Fletcher as their suspect, Elliott said.