West Falls Man Going To Prison For Child Exploitation

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Nicholas Turnquist, 36, of West Falls, NY, who was convicted of transportation and attempted transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, was sentenced to serve 156 months in prison and 15 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maeve E. Huggins, Paul E. Bonanno, and Jonathan P. Cantil, who handled the case, stated that beginning in 2012, and for several years after, Turnquist sexually abused a minor female victim (Victim) who was known to Turnquist. The sexual abuse occurred in New York State and in other states, including Pennsylvania, and in Canada. For example, on December 23, 2014, Turnquist transported the Victim, a then 16-year-old minor female, from New York to Pennsylvania, to engage in sexual activity.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Stansbury, the East Aurora Police Department, under the direction of Chief Shane Krieger, and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gregory Rudolph.

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