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

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Superseding Indictment Handed Down in Sex Trafficking and Transportation Case

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that a federal grand jury in Rochester, NY has returned a six-count superseding indictment charging Jodia Campbell, 32, Laree Greggs, 37, and Jennifer Miller, 26, all of Rochester, N.Y., with various felonies including conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor across state lines with intent that the minor engage in prostitution, and transportation of an individual across state lines with intent that the individual engage in prostitution. Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sex trafficking of a minor and transportation of a minor across state lines each carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life and a fine of $250,000. Transportation of an individual across state lines carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in April 2013, Rochester Police began investigating the alleged prostitution of a 16 year old female from Rochester using the name “Cherry Red” on Backpage.com in Pennsylvania. The 16-year-old alleged that she was recruited by a woman named Jennifer Miller and taken to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to engage in prostitution by Jodia Campbell along with Jennifer Miller and Laree Greggs. Other individuals also alleged having been transported by Greggs, Miller and Campbell at various times, out of state, to prostitute. Investigators reviewed backpage.com ads and found contact information associated with Miller, Campbell and Greggs.

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 indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the FBI's Cyber 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.

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.
Updated November 19, 2014