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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Rochester Man Sentenced On Sex Trafficking Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Otis Willis, Jr., 33, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor was sentenced to time served (24 months) by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tiffany H. Lee and Bradley Tyler, who handled the case, stated that between January 2012 and August 2012, the defendant conspired with Tiffany St. Denis to entice a female victim under the age of 18 to engage in commercial sex acts. Specifically, St. Denis posted ads for the female victim to engage in prostitution and Willis paid for hotel rooms at a Red Roof Inn.   

Tiffany St. Denis was convicted and sentenced to 41 months in prison.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen. The task force includes the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Rochester Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

Updated January 14, 2016