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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 17, 2021

Colonie Man Charged with Human Trafficking Offenses

Christopher Thomas Alleged to have Trafficked Minors and Adults

ALBANY, NEW YORK – A grand jury yesterday returned a superseding indictment charging Christopher Thomas, age 38, of Colonie, New York, with crimes related to the sex trafficking of children and adults. 

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen.

The indictment charges Thomas with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, sex trafficking of a child, transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to transport an individual to engage in prostitution, and coercion and enticement. 

Thomas is alleged to have recruited girls and women to engage in commercial sex at his direction and then provide him with the proceeds.  Thomas is alleged to have used a website to advertise the girls and women for commercial sex in the Capital Region, Massachusetts, and elsewhere.

The charges in the superseding indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Thomas has been in custody since his arrest on May 12, 2020.

If convicted of all offenses, Thomas faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case is being investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, and the New York State Police Troop G Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from the Colonie Police Department, Vermont State Police, Burlington, Vermont Police Department, Albany Police Department, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Bethlehem Police Department, Capital Region Crime Analysis Center, and the New York State Intelligence Center. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shira Hoffman and Katherine Kopita.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Human Trafficking
Updated September 17, 2021