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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Greece Man Going To Prison For 22 Years For Enticing A Minor To Engage In Sexual Activity

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Joseph McGrain, 50, of Greece, NY, who was convicted of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, attempted obstruction of justice, and obstruction of justice, was sentenced to serve 264 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that on March 27, 2020, the Greece Police Department learned that McGrain had been having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl (Minor Victim) for one and a half years. On April 1, 2020, investigators observed Facebook chat conversations between McGrain and the Minor Victim on her cell phone. Among the messages, McGrain stated, “I miss our nights.” Another message stated, “your right it’s wrong and it will end...thank you for that magic for the past year.” On April 5, 2020, McGrain threatened the Minor Victim by stating “If you really want it to end then tell them (law enforcement) you set it all up and lied.”

McGrain and the Minor Victim had sexual relations almost daily between October 2018, when she was 14 years old, until March 26, 2020.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Wood, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia. 

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 9, 2022