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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 4, 2015

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Laree  Greggs,  38,  of  Rochester,  NY,  pleaded  guilty  to  conspiracy  to  commit sex trafficking of a minor before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant  U.S.  Attorneys  Tiffany  H.  Lee  and  Melissa  M.  Marangola,  who  are handling the case, stated that in April 2013, Greggs attempted to transport a minor from Rochester to the State of Pennsylvania for the purpose of engaging in prostitution in furtherance of the conspiracy. The defendant used Backpage.com to post ads for the minor.

Greggs was arrested in April 2014 along with Jodia Campbell and Jennifer Miller. Charges  are  pending  against  Campbell.  Miller  has  been  convicted  and  is  awaiting sentencing. 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.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of  Investigation's  Child  Exploitation  Task  Force  which  includes  the  Monroe  County Sheriff’s Office, the Rochester Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement‐Homeland Security Investigations.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Updated December 18, 2015