Ulster 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

Ulster County is a part of the New York City metropolitan area and has a population of approximately 183,000. Some cities in the county that have addressed demand include the county seat of Kingston and Ulster. In an effort to respond to community complaints and reduce the demand for prostitution, police have conducted reverse stings. For example, in 2008 the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office conducted a reverse sting that resulted in the arrest of 19 men. A female state trooper from out of the area played the role of a woman in prostitution in at least one operation.

In September 2018, a reverse sting was conducted in Ulster that focused on those attempting to pay to sexually abuse minors. Local and federal law enforcement authorities posed as minor children online. The suspects responded and solicited an arrangement for sexual abuse, and then appeared at the arranged location with the intent to sexually abuse the child. Six men were arrested and charges included second-degree attempted patronizing a prostitute, attempted second-degree rape, second-degree attempted criminal sexual act, and first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to minors. The Sheriff’s Office, the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, Ulster Town Police, the Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team, and state police coordinated on the arrests. The defendants were arraigned in Ulster and Hurley town courts, and remanded to the Ulster County Jail.

Key Partners

  • Ulster County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ulster Town Police
  • Ulster County Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team
  • FBI Child Exploitation Task Force
  • New York State Police

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

Web-Based Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Local Prostitution, Community Complaints:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State New York
Type County
Population 182951
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