Binghamton Man Sentenced For Sex Trafficking And Prostitution Of A Child
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Alphonso Dennis, 34, of Binghamton, New York, was sentenced to serve fifteen years in prison in connection with his convictions for sex trafficking of a child (four counts) and prostitution of a child (2 counts).
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach, II.
In addition to being sentenced to fifteen years in federal prison, Dennis is also required to serve a twenty-year term of supervised release following his release from custody and must register as a sex offender.
As part of his guilty plea, Alphonso Dennis admitted that from August 2014 to November 2014, in Broome County, New York, Dennis hosted two minors, ages 14 and 15, at his apartment who met with men for the purpose of engaging in sex acts for money. Dennis, who was aware of their ages, also arranged for the two minors to be transported to various locations for the purpose of having them engage in commercial sex acts. Using a cell phone, Dennis took photos of the minors in sexually provocative poses that he posted on an Internet advertising site. Dennis directed the minors how much money to charge for sex and required them to give him 50% of the money that they received.
The prosecution stems from an investigation into a child prostitution ring conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Police, and the Town of Vestal Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric.
This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.