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Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 18, 2021

Spencerport Man Who Attempted To Have Sex With A Minor Pleads Guilty

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Dale Trimmer, 46, of Spencerport, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to attempted receipt of child pornography. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that beginning in December 2020, the defendant used a chat application in an attempt to communicate with minors online, including a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover law enforcement officer. Trimmer was repeatedly informed that the child was only 13 and lived with her mother. Despite this, the defendant engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the child, told her that he wanted to have sex with her, and attempted to solicit sexually explicit photographs from the child. At one point, Trimmer attempted to conduct a live video chat with the child and sent the child a video of himself masturbating. Trimmer also sent the child photographs of gifts, including stockings, that he bought for the child.  As the conversations continued, the defendant discussed meeting the child for sex, and discussed several plans as to how he and the child could carry on a sexual relationship. Trimmer was arrested on February 17, 2021.

During the investigation, investigators learned that in 2006, Trimmer was convicted in New York State Court of Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors and sentenced to serve six months in the Monroe County Jail followed by five years’ probation. The defendant subsequently violated the terms of probation and was re-sentenced to serve one to three years in prison. In that case, Trimmer also used an online chat application to engage in sexually explicit online conversations with a person he believed was a 14-year-old female but was actually an undercover Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigator. During those chats, Trimmer told the undercover investigator that he previously had sex with at least two minors in the past, and that he wanted to meet the minor for sex. The defendant was arrested after attempting to meet the minor in person.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter. 

Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.  

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 19, 2021