A Brooklyn man with ties to one of the four Gilgo Beach murder victims has admitted to a federal charge of transporting prostitutes across state lines.
Akeem Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday at federal court in Brooklyn to a Mann Act violation. That was one of several charges that the 22-year-old man had been indicted on along with a second suspect.
Cruz “did knowingly and intentionally transport one or more individuals in interstate commerce, with intent that such individuals engage in prostitution,” according to court documents.
A law enforcement source told the Press that one of the women he was transporting was Megan Waterman, 22, of Maine. Waterman went missing in June 2011 from a Hauppauge hotel, where she had met her clients after posting escorts ad on Craigslist.
Police discovered Waterman’s remains in the brush on the side of Ocean Parkway in December 2010, near the bodies of three other online escorts believed to be the victims of a serial killer.
Investigators later found the remains of four other women, a man and a female toddler on the same barrier island, but do not believe those cases to be connected.
Cruz, whose nicknames include “Vybe” and “Mello,” has not been accused of killing Waterman. Police have not named a suspect in her death.
Cruz was previously serving time for drug charges in Maine. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the federal charges when he is sentenced, although a sentencing date has yet to be set.
Robert Blake, who was arrested along with Cruz, is still facing charges in the indictment of transporting prostitutes and sex trafficking.
Susan Kellman, Cruz’s Brooklyn-based attorney, maintained that her client had nothing to do with Waterman’s death.
“Certainly what he did has nothing to do with [what happened on] Long Island,” she said.