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

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Man Indicted on Attempting to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity

BUFFALO, N.Y.–U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. Announced today that a federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned an indictment charging Robert P. Dombrowski, 50, of Buffalo, N.Y., with attempting to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life, and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, on February 7, 2012, the defendant began online chats with someone he believed to be a minor. However, the individual that he was conversing with was an undercover FBI Agent. On March 9, 2012, agents took Dombrowski into custody after he arrived at a restaurant with the intention to meet the minor he had been conversing with online.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Christopher M. Piehota, Special Agent in Charge and the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated November 18, 2014