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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Delaware Man Convicted Of Sex Trafficking Charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Austin Campbell, 45, of Smyrna, Delaware, pleaded guilty, before U.S. District Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr., to the crime of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The offense carries a maximum possible sentence of a term of imprisonment of 30 years and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that between June 15, 2017, and August 22, 2017, the defendant, began communicating on a social networking application with an undercover agent employed by the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, Campbell believed the agent was a 15-year-old female from Buffalo. The defendant engaged in very graphic sexual conversations with the agent via chat messages.  During them, Campbell discussed traveling to Buffalo to engage in sexual activity.

On August 21, 2017, the defendant indicated that he would be in Buffalo on August 23, 2017.  He and the undercover agent discussed the details of how they would meet. On August 23, Campbell traveled from the State of Delaware to a truck stop located in Cheektowaga, NY. After arriving at the truck stop, the defendant sent the agent a message to come and meet him in the parking lot. Campbell was arrested at that time. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 5, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. before Chief Judge Geraci.

Updated January 17, 2018