U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Michael Greco, 24, of Gates, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with online enticement of a minor. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that earlier this month, the defendant engaged in online conversations with an individual who he believed was a “mother” engaged in the prostitution of her 13 year old daughter. In fact, the “mother” was an undercover New York State Police investigator. Between January 2 and January 7, 2020, Greco engaged in text messaging and phone calls with the undercover investigator, during which the defendant agreed to pay $100 in order to have sex with the child.
On January 7, 2020, Greco arrived at pre-arranged meeting place, where he expected to meet the child for sex. Instead, the defendant was met by members of the State police and Homeland Security Investigations, who took Greco into custody. The defendant was found in possession of $100, condoms, and candy, which he intended to give the child as a gift.
Greco made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and is being held pending a detention hearing scheduled for January 9, 2020.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police Troop E Major Crimes Unit, Canandaigua, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.