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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gates Man Sentenced for Transporting a Child for Sexual Acts

 

         ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Michael J. Rolfe, 48, of Gates, N.Y., who was convicted of the transportation of a minor, was sentenced to 17 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr..

          Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, stated that in August 2012, while employed as a long distance truck driver, the defendant took a child who was less than 12 years old, on a trip from Rochester, N.Y. to locations in Texas. Rolfe engaged in sexual acts, on more than one occasion, with the child while traveling outside of New York. The defendant was previously convicted on federal charges of possessing child pornography while serving in the U.S. Navy in 2002.

          This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

          The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent In Charge James C. Spero, along with Investigators from the New York State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.