In September 2015, four people were arrested in Cayuga County and charged after police began to investigate complaints about a prostitution ring targeting agricultural workers at local farms. Out of the four arrests, two people were charged with patronizing a prostitute, one person was charged with prostitution and one person was charged with possession of a loaded firearm.
In 2016, police in Cayuga County arrested five people on charges related to drug use and prostitution, after a traffic stop found the driver to have a suspended license and registration. Police determined that the 19 year old driver was heading to a location in Scipio to engage in prostitution. The two passengers in the car were charged for assisting with transporting a person to commit prostitution. The man at their destination in Scipio was charged for soliciting prostitution, when they learned he had replied to an online ad, and solicited the woman over the phone.
In 2018 a man was sentenced to two years in prison for crimes committed during a reverse sting in Cayuga County in 2016. The offender was one of 11 people arrested in June of that year during a prostitution sting. At the time, New York State Police said investigators posted a decoy online ad for a mother-daughter prostitution team stating that the daughter was 12 years old. The offender answered he ad, demonstrating the intent to have sex with the woman and child in exchange for money. He was arrested in Weedsport on attempted rape and attempted patronizing a prostitute, and was also charged with possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child for having a video of an adult engaged in sex with an 8-year-old girl. The man had previously pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
- Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department
- New York State Police
Web-Based Reverse Sting, Shaming:
- http://krcgtv.com/news/nation-world/30-arrested-in-connection-to-prostitution-sex-trafficking-at-state-fair (2015)
- http://cnycentral.com/news/local/4-arrests-made-in-connection-to-cayuga-county-prostitution-sting (2015)
- https://www.ithacajournal.com/public-safety/crime-chaos-prostitution (2016)
- http://whcuradio.com/news/025520-5-arrested-on-prostitution-drug-related-charges/ (2016)
- https://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/04/cayuga_county_prostitution_arrests.html (2016)
- http://auburnpub.com/news/local/state-police-release-more-details-on-weedsport-prostitution-sting (2016)
- http://auburnpub.com/news/local/eleven-onondaga-county-residents-charged-in-connection-with-weedsport-prostitution (2016)
- http://www.localsyr.com/news/11-people-arrested-in-weedsport-prostitution-sting (2016)
- http://www.fingerlakesdailynews.com/2018/02/08/man-sentenced-for-weedsport-child-porn-prostitution-arrest/ (2018)
- http://fingerlakes1.com/2018/02/09/man-sentenced-for-attempted-rape-possessing-child-porn-in-cayuga-county/ (2018)