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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rochester Man Who Recruited Minor To Work As Prostitute Going To Prison For Over 15 Years

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Michael Williams, 52, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, was sentenced to serve 188 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa M. Marangola and Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that between January and February 2012, the defendant enticed a minor victim (Victim 1), to engage in a commercial sex act. Williams recruited and enticed Victim 1 to live with him and to earn money working as a prostitute. Advertisements for Victim 1 were posted on Backpage.com. The investigation began when a family member saw an ad for Victim 1 online. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rochester Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

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Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 9, 2019