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Yates man sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for role in Yates sex trafficking case

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Wayne Niles, one of the suspects involved in a large-scale Yates County sex trafficking case, has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on an attempted rape charge.


The central figure in the case, Andrew Daugherty, received a sentence of 40 years to life earlier this year for profiting from a child’s prostitution through force and intimidation over a span of seven years.

Authorities discovered that Daugherty commanded the minor to engage in sexual acts with his associates, often with the threat of a .22 caliber rifle.


The extensive investigation began in October 2022 after New York State Police were informed about a child experiencing sexual assault in Starkey.

The subsequent probe led to the arrest of 18 individuals. Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella acknowledged the uniqueness and gravity of the case, emphasizing the diligence of the New York State Police in the matter. Daugherty, a registered sex offender since a 2006 conviction, faces charges of predatory sexual assault and sex trafficking of a child, among others.