Lyons, NY

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Lyons is a town of about 5,700 residents, located along the Erie Canal in Wayne County, New York, near Newark. The small city drew media attention following the arrest of three local residents for their participation in the trafficking and sexual assault of a minor girl in December 2015. At that time, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department deputies reported the interception of a 32-year-old male on charges of first-degree rape, third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree course of sexual conduct, endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of sex trafficking and four counts of compelling prostitution, after the man allegedly provided a 15-year-old girl with crack cocaine, to which she became addicted in the summer of 2015, [and] then allegedly arranged for her to have sex with older men in exchange for the drug. In the days that followed the trafficker’s arrest, two additional men, ages 24 and 48, were arrested and charged with purchasing sex acts from the minor victim in exchange for drugs. The men were charged with several crimes, including rape, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child, and had their identities publicized heavily in press.

Key Partners

  • Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
  • Wayne County District Attorney’s Office
State New York
Type City
Population 5682
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