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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 7, 2022

Rochester Man Going To Prison For 15 Years For Forcing A Minor To Engage In Sex Trafficking In Exchange For Heroin

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Peter R. Kiwitt, 63, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of sex trafficking by coercion, was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and 15 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that in January 2019, Rochester Police Officers responded to a residence for a report of a fatal overdose involving a minor victim. The owner of the residence found the minor deceased on his living room floor and called 911. He told officers he brought the minor victim to his residence to engage in commercial sex acts with her. The investigation determined that Kiwitt, a registered sex offender, used the victim’s addiction to heroin to coerce her to engage in commercial sex acts with men in the Rochester area.

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 Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter.

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Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Updated February 7, 2022