Three from Utica charged for sex trafficking ring
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Three individuals from Utica have been arrested by the FBI and charged in connection to a joint federal and state investigation concerning a prostitution ring engaged in the sex trafficking of a minor. The suspects - Lynette Tilden, Edward Tilden and Alexandria Samson Davall - all of Utica, appeared in federal court in Syracuse on Tuesday and were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service pending further proceedings. The federal charges stem from an investigation conducted by the FBI, New York State Police, Oneida County District Attorney's Office, Utica Police Department, and the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center. Authorities say the three were part of a prostitution ring that sold a minor to engage in sexual conduct in exchange for money and drugs. The prostitution ring utilized the website "backpage.com" to advertise the prostitution as well as using a texting network to advertise their prostitution business. The Tildens and Davall are facing federal charges of sex trafficking of a child, persuading and inducing a child to engage in prostitution and distribution of heroin and cocaine to a minor. In addition to these three suspects, the Oneida County District Attorney has charged several other defendants with state crimes in connection to this overall joint investigation. Authorities say the investigation is continuing.