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Grand jury indicts Buffalo man on federal sex charges

A 34-year-old Buffalo man has been indicted on federal sex trafficking charges, said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Anthony Thompson, also known as “Fresh Tone,” was indicted by a federal grand jury with sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and sex trafficking of a minor. Conviction on the charges carry a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Thompson is accused of forcing two adults and one minor to engage in commercial sex acts, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell.

Thompson was arraigned Friday and pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder. He is being held pending a detention hearing on Dec. 29.

The indictment comes after a joint investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Homeland Security and the Cheektowaga police department.