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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Violating Supervised Release

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Terry Finn, 51, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of violating a condition of his supervised release, was sentenced to nine months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that on August 27, 2008, the defendant was sentenced by Judge Arcara to 52 months in prison and five years supervised release persuasion of a minor to travel in interstate commerce to engage in sexual activity. Finn met a 16 year old online and persuaded her to travel from Vermont to Brocton, NY to meet him and engage in sexual activity. As a condition of supervised release, the defendant was ordered to enroll, attend and participate in mental health intervention specifically designed for the treatment of sexual offenders as approved by U.S. Probation.

The defendant began serving the term of supervised release on February 7, 2012.  In March of 2014, Finn was referred to Mid-Erie Counseling for sex offender treatment.  On September 4, 2014, the defendant was terminated from Mid-Erie’s program for failing to inform the treatment team or his probation officer that he was engaged in a romantic relationship with a woman who had a five year old child. Specifically, Finn failed to disclose this information during a session on September 3, 2014, when he attended a group therapy session at Mid-Erie.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of United States Probation Service, under the direction of Chief US Probation Officer Anthony M. San Giacomo.

Updated December 12, 2014