Seneca County, 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

Seneca County is a county of about 34,000 residents located in western New York, roughly midway between Rochester and Syracuse. Its county seat is Waterloo. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been documented in the county, along with related drug use. At least one opportunistic sex buyer arrest has occurred in the county.

In July 2017, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men following a prostitution allegation from an incident that occurred June 12. A man allegedly took an adult female from Syracuse to the parking lot of a resort and casino in Tyre to meet another man, who paid him for sexual acts with the woman. After leaving Tyre, the sex buyer was pulled over in Penn Yan by village police for a traffic stop. Penn Yan police arrested him on a drug charge and later learned why the woman was in the vehicle. The woman was not arrested, but was referred to an undisclosed agency for services. The Yates County Sheriff’s Office helped in the investigation. One man was charged with third-degree patronizing a person for prostitution and the other was charged with fourth-degree promoting prostitution. Their identities were released to the press.

Key Partners

  • Seneca County Sheriff’s Office
  • Penn Yan Police Department
  • Yates County Sheriff’s Office
State New York
Type County
Population 33688
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