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Yates man who trafficked child faces decades in prison

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A Yates County man who trafficked a child, sometimes armed with a rifle and recording the abuse, is facing decades behind bars or possibly life imprisonment.

Andrew Daugherty, 49, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that included predatory sexual assault, predatory sexual assault against a child, sex trafficking a child, and compelling prostitution.

The abuse of the female victim is believed to have started in 2017 when she was under 13 years old. New York State Police initiated an investigation into Daugherty last fall.

Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella confirmed that Daugherty accepted a plea deal and relinquished his right to appeal as part of the agreement. As a result, he will serve a combined sentence of 40 years to life.

In 2006, Daugherty was convicted in Elmira for sexually abusing a five-year-old boy, leading to a five-year probation period. He was subsequently designated as a level 2 sex offender by New York State.

The sentencing for Daugherty’s latest conviction is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20.