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State police investigation leads to sex trafficking charges: One suspect held on $500K bail, another in custody at NC jail

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State police say two people face serious sex trafficking charges after an investigation in the Southern Tier.


Joseph Storch, 33, of Veteran was arrested for sex trafficking of a child, a Class B felony. He was arraigned and held on $500,000 cash bail.

Edward Wheaton, 68, of Elmira was arrested for predatory sex assault against a child, a Class A-II violent felony.

Wheaton was arrested on the warrant by members of the Gaston County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department. Wheaton was charged as a Fugitive From Justice and is being held in the Gaston County Jail while awaiting extradition back to New York State.

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The New York State Police were assisted in this investigation by Chemung County Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

The investigation is ongoing, and future charges are anticipated. Anyone with information regarding these two individuals is asked to contact the New York State Police at (585)–398-4100.

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