Rochester Woman Pleads Guilty in Sex Trafficking Case
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jennifer Miller, 26, 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. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that in April 2013, Miller and another co-conspirator transported a minor to New Jersey and Pennsylvania in order for the minor to engage in commercial sex acts. The defendant used Backpage.com to post ads for the minor. Miller also transported the minor to Pennsylvania another time knowing that the minor would be engaging in commercial sex acts.
Miller was arrested in April 2014 along with Jodia Campbell and Laree Greggs. Charges are pending against defendants Campbell and Greggs. 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.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys= Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI's Task Force, which includes the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Chief Patrick O’Flynn, and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.