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New York Man Sentenced To Over Six Years’ Imprisonment For Role In Attempted Sex Trafficking Of A Minor

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

Pennsylvania announced that Adrian Smith, age 22, of New York City, was sentenced to 78 months’ imprisonment today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy, for his role in the attempted sex trafficking of a minor.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Smith previously pleaded guilty to assisting others in maintaining and providing security for two minor females who were attempting to engage in commercial sex activities during August 2016, at a hotel in Scranton.


Smith was charged in a criminal information filed in October 2016.  


Judge Conaboy also ordered Smith to serve five years on supervised release following his prison sentence. Smith must also register as a sex offender and comply with sex offender notification and registration requirements.  


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scranton Police. Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.


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."


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Updated October 11, 2017

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