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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rochester Man Sentenced In Sex Trafficking Case

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Daniel Tanck, 33, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, was sentenced to 150 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that Tanck placed an ad on Backpage.com for a minor female victim to engage in prostitution activities. The defendant took pictures of the victim for the Backpage.com ad at his residence on Emerson Street in Rochester. Tanck also transported the victim, who was under 15 years old, for outcalls to service customers.

Tanck was arrested along with Robert Palermo. Palermo was sentenced to 135 months in prison for attempting to hire a hit man to murder the victim in this case. 

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cyber Crimes Task Force, which includes the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the Rochester Police Department, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. Additional assistance was provided by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, under the direction of Sandra Doorley.

Updated January 29, 2016