Jeffrey Bennett, an 18 year old Riverside Drive man, met two girl, 13 & 14 years old, on the Internet and allegedly tried to turn himself into the city's newest pimp with the help of the Florida girls he recruited to turn tricks.  He traveled with a friend to Lantana, Florida where he first saw them face to face.  He took them back on a Greyhound bus to Manhattan where he hoped to use them as the base for a prostitution business.  Bennett was busted April 8th, thanks to a tip to law enforcement, on kidnapping charges and four counts of rape for having sex with the 14 year old.  Bennett is being held in lieu of bail pending trial.  He faces up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree kidnapping.

(New York)