New York Man Convicted On Child Exploitation Charges
SCRANTON — A New York man who investigators say traveled to Scranton in 2015 to have sex with a person he believed to be 14 years old was convicted on child exploitation charges today in U.S. District Court.
A federal jury deliberated about two hours before returning the guilty verdict against Charles J. Senke, 61, of Syracuse, following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge James M. Munley.
Senke was arrested on Feb. 4, 2015, after an online undercover sting operation by the state Attorney General’s Office targeting adults seeking unlawful contact with minors.
After communicating online with an investigator masquerading as a 14-year-old, Senke traveled from Syracuse to Scranton for the specific purpose of engaging in sexual activity with the supposed minor, investigators said.
Senke was originally charged in state court. However, those charges were dismissed after a federal grand jury indicted him in December 2016. A superseding indictment was returned against him in October 2017.
Senke was convicted on three counts: travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, online enticement and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.
He faces a potential sentence of life imprisonment.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Olshefski. Senke was represented by attorneys Matthew Comerford and Curt Parkins.
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