BUFFALO — A man who traveled 175 miles to a park in Wyoming County to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex has been arrested and now faces up to life in prison if convicted.
David Lettieri, 33, of Harpursville, Broome County was charged Wednesday with enticement of a minor and traveling to engage in illicit sexual contact, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum punishment of 10 years in federal prison, to a maximum of life.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash said that the case began on Oct. 15 when the parent of the 13-year-old girl filed a complaint with Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.
A sheriff’s investigator interviewed the girl, who said that five days earlier she had met a 33-year-old man at a park near her home with the intent of having sex. Tokash said sex did not happen, however.
With permission from the parent, the investigator searched the victim’s cell phone and determined that the girl had blocked both a Facebook account and a phone number belonging to Lettieri.
The investigator did not recover any messages between the victim and the defendant, however others family members reported that the girl deleted messages and blocked the number.
The investigator recovered a call history between the two, including a call on Oct. 10, the day the girl met Lettieri in a park near her home.
Photos of the victim and the defendant’s face were also found on the phone.
The investigator also searched Lettieri’s Facebook account and recovered conversations between the defendant, the victim, and the victim’s sister, which were sexual in nature.
The victim’s age was also revealed during the conversations, Tokash said.
Lettieri appeared in U.S. District Court in Buffalo and was detained until further proceedings.
The FBI is continuing to investigate and is searching for more information about Lettieri. Anyone with information can contact FBI at (716) 856-7800.