A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted a New York man on a charge of child trafficking, prosecutors said.
Adrian Petty, 26, of Buffalo is the sole defendant in the grand jury’s recently unsealed indictment, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Kaufman said.
According to the indictment, Petty was charged for having “knowingly transported a minor victim across state lines, from New York to Pennsylvania, with the intent that the minor victim engage in prostitution and otherwise illegal sexual activity.”
If convicted of the child trafficking charge, Petty faces a sentence of not not less than ten years and up to life in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
The FBI led the investigation with help from police from Monroeville, Cheektowaga, N.Y. and the Erie Crime Analysis Center.
This case was brought forward as part of Operation T.E.N., which stands for “Trafficking Ends Now,” a coalition formed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to foster collaboration among law enforcement, community and nonprofit partners in 25 Western Pennsylvania counties.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting the case against Petty, who could not be reached for comment.
Silinski also serves as the human trafficking coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s office and oversees Operation T.E.N. and community outreach.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, email@example.com or via Twitter .
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