ROCHESTER, N.Y.(WKBW Release)--U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. announced today that 43-year-old Thomas Cramer of Brighton, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of minors. The charge carries a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Attorneys say between April and December 2011, Cramer enticed, promoted and profited from the commercial sex activities of at least four females knowing, or in reckless disregard of the fact, that the females were under 18 years old.
One incident involved the exchange of text messages between Cramer and a girl. He enticed the girl by telling her she could make much more money performing commercial sex acts than she could working at a grocery store.
Although the girl initially told Cramer she was older than 18, when she informed him she was 17, Cramer was undeterred and continued to engage in salacious texting with the female.
Cramer placed advertisements on adult web sites regarding the availability of the minor females for commercial sex acts. The acts took place at hotels in the Rochester and Buffalo and in Cramer’s residence.
Furthermore, customers were charged between $180 and $200 per hour to engage in sexual activities with the minor girls and that Cramer received a portion of those proceeds.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life, a fine of $250,000 or both. Sentencing is scheduled for June 27th.