Anna Gristina, a New York woman accused of running a brothel that prosecutors said catered to wealthy clients, was sentenced to six months in jail.
Gristina pleaded guilty before New York State Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan on Sept. 25 in Manhattan to one count of promoting prostitution in exchange for the six-month sentence, with credit for the four months she already served at Rikers Island, the city’s main jail complex. Merchan today also sentenced Gristina to five years of probation.
“There is nothing glamorous about prostitution,” Erin Duggan, a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., said in a statement. “Anna Gristina rented women’s bodies for profit, which makes her a pimp. That also makes her a felon.”
Prosecutors said in court in September that no evidence had surfaced to support Gristina’s claims of “connections and influence” in law enforcement agencies including the New York City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
Gristina, a British subject who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., acknowledged during her plea that she “knowingly advanced and profited from prostitution by managing, supervising, controlling and owning a prostitution business and enterprise” involving activity by two or more prostitutes between July 18 and July 27, 2011.
She admitted that through phone calls, text messages and at least one face-to-face meeting she arranged for a man known to her as Anthony to engage in sexual conduct with the two prostitutes at an apartment on East 78th Street.
Gristina’s attorney, Norman Pattis, didn’t immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on the sentencing.
The case is People v. Gristina, 12-00751, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).