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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New York Man Sentenced 135 Months In Federal Prison For Child Sex Trafficking

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 29-year-old Brooklyn, New York man was sentenced to 135 months (11 ½ years) in federal prison on August 31 by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton, for sex trafficking of a minor.  

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Clinton Hayden a/k/a “Showtime,” previously pleaded guilty in March 2016, to recruiting, enticing, and transporting two minor females from Luzerne County to Brooklyn to engage in commercial sex acts.  

Hayden was charged in an Information filed in December 2015, as a result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Hayden admitted that between May 2015 and November 2015, he recruited the minor females, posted photographs of them in advertisements on a website, and transported them from Luzerne County to Brooklyn, where they engaged in prostitution at Hayden’s direction.

Judge Mannion also ordered that Hayden be placed on supervised release for 10 years following his prison sentence. Hayden must also register as a sex offender, receive sex offender treatment, and comply with the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.     

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 1, 2016