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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Exploiting A Child

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


ROCHESTER, N.Y.  U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that John Kohlmeier, 38, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to coercion and enticement of a minor. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum of life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that between February 2018 and March 19, 2018, the defendant and co-defendant Bonnie Hughes sexually abused a 10-year-old girl. During that time, Kohlmeier and Hughes together engaged in illegal sexual contact with the minor victim on numerous occasions. These instances of abuse occurred at 130 Milford Street in Rochester, always with Hughes present and, in some instances, participating.

Hughes took two sexually explicit pictures of the minor victim using the minor victim’s cell phone and sent them to Kohlmeier.

Also between February 2018 and March 19, 2018, the defendant used a cell phone to entice and attempt to entice the minor victim into have sexual conduct with the defendant by texting with Hughes. In addition, on March 19, 2018, forced the minor to engage in a sexual act.

Kohlmeier was recently convicted in New York State Court. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick D. Phelan, and Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 24, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.  

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 2, 2019