Wayne 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

Wayne County is a county of about 91,000 residents, located in upstate New York on the shore of Lake Ontario near Rochester. Its county seat is the city of Lyons. Prostitution and sex trafficking have been well-documented in the county and surrounding areas, including a case of three local residents being arrested 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 be sexually abused by 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.

In October 2015, officers with the Village of Newark Police Department, in partnership with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Police, reported the arrests of seven alleged sex buyers and one sexually exploited person following an anti-prostitution investigation. Logistical details about the sting (including whether or not it was conducted using web advertisements and/or police decoys) were not disclosed. All of the arrestees’ identities were publicized in press.

In April 2017, six men were arrested in a web-based reverse sting at a motel in Ontario. The sting used a real ad posted by a prostituted woman and then recruited her as a confidential informant to arrange meetings with the men responding to her ad. Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip from a person in Ontario about suspicious activity in the area of a motel on Rt. 104. Deputies found an ad on Backpage.com, which advertised a woman offering sex for money in the Ontario area. Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies, collaborating with WayneNET and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, set up a meeting with the woman, who was addicted to heroin and told deputies she needed money for drugs. After being referred to substance abuse counseling services, the woman agreed to help deputies arrest people who answered the ad posted online. Six men who answered the ad were arrested and charged with patronizing a person for prostitution in the 3rd degree. The names, ages, and hometowns of the six arrested sex buyers were included in news releases. Each was issued an appearance ticket and was scheduled to appear in the Town of Ontario Justice Court.

Key Partners

  • Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
  • Wayne County District Attorney’s Office
  • Village of Newark Police Department
  • New York State Police
  • WayneNET
  • Town of Ontario Justice Court
  • Seneca County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Arrests, Identity Disclosure:

Reverse Stings with Identity Disclosure:

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State New York
Type County
Population 90923
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