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Yates DA gives update on sex trafficking case involving 18 people: Victim endured abuse for 7 years

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Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella provided new details on the extensive sex trafficking case involving 18 individuals, emphasizing the severe abuse the young victim endured for seven years.


Micheleine Ridley and Andrew Daugherty were recently convicted on charges related to the case. Daugherty, while residing in the same house as the child, sexually abused her—a fact Ridley was aware of. Casella highlighted that Daugherty targeted those who were “intellectually limited” to some extent.

The investigation commenced in October 2022 after accusations arose against Daugherty and 17 others of raping a girl under the age of 13 and menacing her with a rifle at various locations in Yates County over a span of seven years.


The young victim has since been rescued and is now in a secure environment.

In May, Daugherty pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including predatory sexual assault against a child and child sex trafficking, and received a prison sentence of 40 years to life in June. Ridley pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault.

Out of the remaining individuals, 16 have entered guilty pleas, one awaits a hearing, and another has been ruled unfit to stand trial.