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Ithaca man caught in undercover sex sting

50-year-old Jeffrey Blake has pled guilty to the attempted online enticement of a minor according to the FBI.

Blake admitted as part of his plea that he believed he was exchanging text messages with a woman he believed was the mother of a pair of 9 and 13-year-old girls between June 12, 2019 and August 23, 2019.
He was messaging an undercover officer.

In these messages, Blake expressed interest in meeting the children and engaging in sex acts with them. The undercover officer also pretended to be both children when speaking to Blake, who assured who he believed to be the children sex with him would not be painful and he would take precautions to avoid the 13-year-old from becoming pregnant.

On August 23, 2019 Blake drove to a pre-determined location in Broome County to meet the children and engage in sexual acts with them. He brought vibrators, birth control and gifts he had planned to give to the children. He was encountered by law enforcement and arrested.

Blake faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, a maximum of life in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and supervised release between five years and life. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 28, 2021.