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Man convicted of 22 charges involving sex trafficking

A jury found 43-year-old John Spencer guilty of forcing three victims to sell themselves for his monetary profit from April 2015 to October 2016.(Photo: MGN)

A Monroe County man has been convicted on 22 charges involving sex trafficking.

A jury found 43-year-old John Spencer, also known as Smurf, guilty of forcing three victims to sell themselves for his monetary profit from April 2015 to October 2016.

Prosecutors say Spencer preyed upon vulnerable victims, convincing them they needed his support for food and shelter while supplying them with illegal narcotics.

After an in-depth investigation conducted by the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, in which multiple victims were identified, John Spencer was arrested on August 25, 2017.

Spencer was convicted of eight counts of Sex Trafficking, three counts of Promoting Prostitution in the 2nd Degree, one count of Promoting Prostitution in the 3rd Degree, two counts of Assault in the 2nd Degree, three counts of Assault in the 3rd Degree, two counts of Robbery in the 2nd Degree, one count of Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, one count of Menacing in the Second Degree and one count of Permitting Prostitution.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 18, 2018.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Buckley, Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau.





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