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U.S. attorney announces one conviction, two arrests in sex-related cases

A 35-year-old Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor, as a federal grand jury was set to hear evidence against him that included a rap video showing the defendant’s views toward prostitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Anthony Thompson, also known as Fresh Tone, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, while the maximum would be a life sentence and $250,000 fine.

Prosecutors claimed that Thompson engaged in the sex trafficking of two adults and one minor between November 2012 and September 2014, using the three victims to engage in commercial sex acts at his direction. One of the victims was recruited through social media.

“Today’s conviction, together with this week’s arrest of two other defendants for production of child pornography, depicts the dark side of modern communication devices and applications,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. stated in a press release.

In the other two cases, Hochul announced that Joseph Kurowski, 23, of Buffalo, was charged with production, receipt and possession of child pornography, while Jose Cisneros, 30, of Buffalo, was charged with production and receipt of child pornography.

Allegations against the two men include conversations conducted on Kik, Whisperer and Snapchat applications.