Accused Fall River sex trafficker caught at T.F. Green held on $100k bail

This is a photo of Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport. (WLNE)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — A man wanted in connection with a sex trafficking ring in Fall River was held on $100,000 bail after his arraignment Thursday, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

Massachusetts State Police said Wednesday that Thomas Almeida, 57, was arrested Sunday on a warrant accusing him of being involved in the sex trafficking of a child.

Police said Almeida fled Massachusetts in 2018 before he could be captured and was possibly in Florida. He was the last person in the case who hadn’t been arrested.

The two other people involved in this case were previously convicted and later sentenced to prison.

Police said the child was held against her will, drugged, and forced to engage in sexual acts.

Fall River police said they learned on Sunday that the 57-year-old was back in the area. They later learned that Almeida at T.F. Green waiting to fly back to Florida.

Almeida was found at the Jet Blue terminal at about 1:30 p.m. and was taken into custody without incident. He was held in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice.


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