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Buffalo man faces up to 20 years in prison for running prostitution ring

For six years, Kenneth White used threats and coercion to run his prostitution ring.

Now, he’s looking at up to 20 years in prison.

White, 39, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony sex trafficking and, as part of his plea deal, admitted recruiting and enticing five victims, including one minor, to engage in illegal sex acts.

Prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski, White acknowledged running the prostitution ring from early 2006 through December 2012 and using force and intimidation to keep his victims involved in the operation.

As part of a plea agreement approved by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, White also implicated his co-defendant, Caitlin Connelly, who like him was charged in a nine-count grand jury indictment two years ago.

Connelly, 31, is currently awaiting trial. White contends that she was the one who, at his direction, placed online ads promoting their prostitution operation.

Defense attorney Jeremy D. Schwartz declined to comment on White’s guilty plea.

The conviction was the result of an investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division.