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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 13, 2020

Ohio Resident Indicted On Charges Of Enticement And Having Sex With A Minor

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging Priscilla Vogelbacher, 37, of Oregon, Ohio, with one count of enticement of a minor and two counts of interstate travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Douglas A. Penrose, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between November 2018 and June 2019, the defendant began a relationship with the minor victim over the internet and enticed the minor victim to engage in sexual activity. Vogelbacher is also accused of making two separate trips from Ohio to Jamestown, NY, for the purpose of having sex with the minor victim, who was 15 years old at the time.

The defendant was arraigned today before Judge Michael J. Roemer and released on conditions.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; and the Ellicott Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Ohnmeiss Jr.

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.  

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 14, 2020