Clinton County, PA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Clinton County is located in central Pennsylvania, along Interstate 80 west of Williamsport, and has a population of approximately 40,000.  Its county seat is Lock Haven, and most of the population of the rural county is located in that city.  Prostitution has been an issue in the county dating back at least to the 1970s.  Among the tactics used to reduce prostitution activity and child sex trafficking are those addressing consumer-level demand.  For example, in 2018 a federal sex trafficking case resulted in the indictment of a Lock Haven resident on one count of possession of child pornography, two counts of production of child pornography, two counts of the attempted enticement of minors to engage in prostitution, and one count of transmitting obscene materials to a minor. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleged that on various dates in 2017, the suspect produced child pornography in Lock Haven with a female under the age of 12 and also used a computer to compile videos of himself and minor children appearing by web-cam over the internet. On two occasions he used chat-rooms on the internet to attempt to offer money to girls under the age of 12 in exchange for sex and in connection with one of these attempts sent obscene materials over the internet. The two 11-year-old girls to whom the man is accused of enticing to engage in prostitution were actually a female state trooper who had assumed the identities of Courtney and Eden, the charges state. The suspect admitted taking a picture of an 8-year-old and distributing it over Skype, the affidavit states.  The state charges accuse the man of using to his cell phone to take a picture of a female while she was sleeping with a breast exposed. Numerous images of child pornography, both male and female, were found on a laptop computer and a cell phone during the execution of a search warrant. The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office and the Assistant United States Attorney. The maximum sentence if convicted on all charges exceeds 100 years.

Key Partners

  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Clinton County District Attorney’s Office
  • Assistant United States Attorney
State Pennsylvania
Type County
Population 39238
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