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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Syracuse Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Have Sex With A Minor

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Charlie P. Conant, 27, of Syracuse, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to attempted online enticement of a minor. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that on February 27, 2018, an undercover New York State Police Investigator (UC) discovered a personal ad on a Syracuse, NY, website that appeared to be targeting minors for sex which was traced to the defendant. Posing as a 12-year-old female, the UC began communicating with Conant who asked for pictures. Communication between the UC and Conant continued via text message, as the defendant also asked for more pictures including naked photos.

On May 15, 2018, the defendant sent text messages to the UC indicating that he wanted to meet with the child in Seneca Falls, NY, for the purpose of having sex. On June 14, 2018, the defendant traveled to Seneca Falls to meet the UC while “the minor’s” grandmother was supposedly at work. After Conant arrived, he was arrested.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 5, 2018, before Judge Siragusa.  

Updated August 3, 2018