Thomas Cramer, 40, is charged with sex trafficking of minors following a multi-agency investigation.
Federal prosecutors say a Brighton man enticed six girls under the age of 18 into prostitution.
Thomas Cramer, 40, is charged with sex trafficking of minors following a multi-agency investigation. He's now facing at least 10 years in prison with a maximum life sentence, a $250,000 fine, or both.
For approximately four years, Cramer, prosecutors say, promoted and profited from the prostitution activities of the girls by promoting services on adult websites. The acts are said to have taken place at hotels in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse and at Cramer's residence, charging $150 to $200 per hour for sexual activities, with Cramer taking cuts of the fee.
It's believed, according to prosecutors, that Cramer enticed at least one of the girls into the acts by texting her and telling her she could make more money performing commercial acts than she could working at a grocery store. Though the girl originally told Cramer she was over 18, when she told him she was 17, he continued to "engage in salacious texting with the female," according to prosecutors.
In another case, the girl was a runaway at the time she was recruited by Cramer.
Cramer's arrest was the result of an investigation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and New York state police.