BUFFALO – A Jamestown man accused of attempting to coerce minors into prostitution and sexual activities waived a hearing for detention earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.
The Post-Journal is reporting that 37 year-old James Chapman will remain in federal custody in Buffalo following a 14-count indictment announced last week that includes charges of enticement of a minor; sex trafficking of a minor; production, distribution, possession and receipt of child pornography.
According to federal officials, Chapman allegedly attempted to coerce a minor to engage in prostitution and sexual activity between Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, 2014. On the same dates, he recruited two minors to engage in a commercial sex act. The minors were both 16 years old at the time of the incident. Between December 2016 and April 2017, Chapman is also accused of distributing child pornography depicting the two minors. He also allegedly coerced yet another minor to engage in “sexually explicit conduct for the purposes of producing a visual depiction.”
Chapman is accused of using a Facebook account under the name “Perverted Doe” that contained images of child porn. Investigators say he also used the online alias of Fatz Guy and Perverted Doe.
During the investigation, federal prosecutors say Chapman reportedly made a false statement to the FBI in January of this year.
Chapman was arraigned last week in Federal Court in Buffalo on a 14-count indictment.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about Chapman’s contact with minors is urged to call the FBI Buffalo office at 716-856-7800 and to press zero (0) and to ask to speak with an agent.