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Amherst man, caught in FBI sting, admits attempt to pay 12-year-old girl for sex

An Amherst man admitted Wednesday that he tried to pay a 12-year-old girl $20 to have sex with him.

Jonathan P. Wozniak, 35, of Mapleview Drive, set up an Aug. 18, 2017, meeting through an exchange of electronic messages with a person he thought was the girl's mother.

There was no such girl. He was dealing with an agent of the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, Niagara County First Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said. Wozniak was arrested when he showed up at the Hampton Inn in Pendleton.

Wozniak, a Lackawanna resident at the time, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree sexual abuse and attempted first-degree patronizing a prostitute. Sentencing, scheduled for Nov. 14 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., could include up to four years in prison.

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