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NY man pleads guilty to sex trafficking in federal court

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James Fox, 41, from Cheektowaga, NY, has pled guilty to sex trafficking by coercion before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. This crime carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and could extend to life imprisonment, along with a fine of up to $250,000.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas T. Cooper and Aaron J. Mango, Fox exploited an individual identified only as T.P., as well as five others, between 2018 and 2021. He coerced them into performing commercial sex acts in exchange for heroin and crack cocaine. These victims, all struggling with heroin addiction, were manipulated into dependence by Fox, who used heroin withdrawal symptoms and physical restraints as coercive tools. In one instance, Fox revived T.P. from a heroin overdose using Narcan.

This guilty plea follows a thorough investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and local police departments in Lancaster and Cheektowaga. Fox’s sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2024, marking a significant step in addressing sex trafficking crimes in the region.