The New York State Police announced the arrests of nine individuals Tuesday following a nine-month investigation into the sex trafficking of a minor child in Oneida County.
The trafficking ring was led by brother and sister Edward E. and Lynnette M. Tilden who utilized the internet site Backpage.com to advertise and sell the minor child online to various individuals for the purpose of sexual acts. The investigation found that Lynnette Tilden advertised herself and others throughout New York and along the east coast region with contacts in New York City, Utica, Rome, Albany, Fishkill, Herkimer, Oneida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia and Connecticut.
The investigation focused on all aspects of the sex trafficking trade and included the traffickers, facilitators and the individuals purchasing sex acts with the victim.
Both Tildens — Lynette, 25, of Utica, and Edward, 30, of Orwell — and Alexandria Davall, 23, of Utica, were charged with sex trafficking, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
In addition, Michael J. Olsen, 28, of Verona, and David J. Jamrosz, 56, of New York Mills, have been charged with committing a criminal sex act in the third degree; Michael J. Curcio, 22, of Whitesboro, and Rosheen A. Brooks, 32, of Utica, have been charged with third-degree rape; an d Jakeem E. Penn Sr., 35, of Utica, and Curtis L. O’Dell, 61, of Utica, have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
The victim has been offered services through the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.
The investigation developed Information that more individuals may have been trafficked through this organization; anyone with information pertinent to this investigation or the people involved is asked to call the Troop D headquarters of the state police at (315) 366-6000.
The investigation was led by the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Marcy. The Utica City Police Department Metro Unit, New York State Police in Fulton, Hastings and Pulaski, and the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office all assisted.
Compiled From Times Staff Reports