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18 indicted in child exploitation case that centered in Yates County, spanned entire Southern Tier

In a multi-agency investigation spanning several months, New York State Police have arrested 18 individuals on various sex offense charges committed against a minor child. The abuse allegedly took place over seven years at multiple locations in Yates County and the Southern Tier.

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The joint investigation involved the Bureau of Criminal Investigation from Troops E, A, and C, the Holly Hill Police Department in Florida, the Yates County District Attorney’s Office, the Yates County Department of Social Services, and the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit. These agencies collaborated to conclude the extensive inquiry and provide support services to the victim.

On March 16, 2023, a grand jury indicted the 18 individuals, including Andrew Daugherty, 49, of Dundee, New York, who faces the most severe charges, such as Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child, Predatory Sexual Assault, and Sex Trafficking of a Child. Daugherty was also charged as a co-defendant for aiding and abetting others in promoting sexual acts.


Other indicted individuals include Micheleine Ridley, Michael Gucciardo, Ashley Crandall, Anthony Hawn, Mary Diederich, Tiffany Jamieson, Richard Tallarida, Zackery Crissell, Wayne Niles, Ashley Shaffer, Aaron Labar, and Stephanie Ridley.

Five additional defendants have pleaded guilty to various charges, including Brittany Skinkle, Gregory Scears, Summer Elliott, Steven Sherman, and Kayla Montgomery.

The case highlights the importance of cooperation among law enforcement agencies to tackle such complex investigations and bring justice to the victims.