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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO,  N.Y.-U.S.  Attorney  William  J.  Hochul  Jr.  announced  today  that Kenneth White, 39, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski, who is handling the case, stated that White utilized force to cause five victims to engage in commercial sex acts between 2006 and 2012. The defendant received all of the money earned by the victims as a result of these acts. White knew that one of the victims was under 18 at the time. The defendant utilized the internet to advertise the victims and solicit customers.

The plea is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal   Bureau   of   Investigation,   and   the   Internal   Revenue   Service,   Criminal Investigations Division, under the direction of under the direction of Special Agent-in- Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Skretny.

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