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New York Man Sentenced To 10 Years’ Imprisonment For Traveling To Pennsylvania To Have Sex With A Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Stephen Farleigh, age 51, of Walton, New York, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment to be followed by 15 years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner for attempted enticement of a minor.

According to U.S. Attorney Gerard M. Karam, between October 21, 2021 and February 9, 2022, Farleigh used the internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and traveled to the Middle District of Pennsylvania with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a 13-year-old child.

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

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian T. Haugsby prosecuted the case.


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Updated July 13, 2023

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