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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 28, 2022

Jamestown Man Sentenced To More Than 27 Years In Prison For Enticement Of A Minor

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Richard LaFrance, 35, of Jamestown, NY, who was convicted of enticement of a minor, was sentenced to serve 327 months in prison and lifetime of supervised by U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas A. C. Penrose, who handled the case, stated that LaFrance, who was 34 years-old at the time, met a 14-year-old (Minor Victim) in April of 2019, and began communicating with her via email and text message. The communications between LaFrance and the Minor Victim were sexually explicit and included LaFrance requesting that the Minor Victim send him naked pictures. In addition, LaFrance met up with the Minor Victim on at least two occasions and engaged in sexual intercourse. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Chautauqua County Sherriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James B. Quattrone.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 28, 2022