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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

New York man accused of taking West Virginia teen across state lines for sex

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Max Paul Levine, of Bronx, New York, was indicted today for interstate transport of a minor for sex, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Levine, also known as “James Connely” and “Noxx Nocten,” age 34, was indicted on one count of “Transportation of a Minor Across State Lines for Sexual Purposes.” Levine is accused of transporting a 15-yer-old West Virginia girl from her Harrison County home to his residence in Bronx, New York to engage in sexual activity in June 2019. 

Levine faces at least 10 years and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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/.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bridgeport Police Department investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 1, 2019