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Sex exploiter of girls could get up to 60-year prison term

In this age of smartphones and social media, child predators are an all too common sight in federal court in Buffalo.

But Jason M. Smith is different.

He’s looking at up to 60 years in federal prison.

Smith, 35, of the Town of Tonawanda, admitted Wednesday to sexually exploiting two girls – one under the age of 12, the other 15 – as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

In custody since his arrest in September, Smith admitted coercing the first victim, whom he knew and often took care of, into sexually explicit conduct that he captured on video.

Smith, according to court papers, met his second underage victim on meetme.com, a social networking site, and, posing as someone else, enticed the girl into sexual intercourse that he also captured on video.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen Jr. said the defendant’s potential sentence reflects the ages of his victims and his role as an adult who knew and cared for one of the girls.

Smith, who was investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.

His sentencing by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny is scheduled for Oct. 19.

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