New York Man Sentenced for Interstate Travel to Have Sex With a Minor
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that George Bruso, 45, of Whitehall, New York, was sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont on April 9, 2013, to serve 48 months incarceration and a five (5) year term of supervised release following his conviction on one count of traveling interstate to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2423(b). Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Bruso to pay a $100 special assessment.
According to court records, agents with Homeland Security Investigations received information that Bruso was interested in having sex with a minor prostitute. Law enforcement pretended to be a 14-year old prostitute and communicated with him via text message over a three week period. Ultimately, Bruso and the undercover arranged to meet in Vermont for the purpose of having sex. Bruso showed up at the designated meeting place, a movie theater in South Burlington, Vermont, and was arrested.
Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Masterson represented the United States. The defendant was represented by Robert Sussman of Blodgett, Watts, Volk & Sussman.
U.S. Attorney Coffin commended the efforts of Homeland Security Investigations and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the investigation and prosecution of Bruso.
U.S. Attorney Coffin noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.