A Cheektowaga man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of meeting a teenager on the Internet for the purpose of having sex.
Salvatore Tantillo II, 32, also must undergo five years of supervised release under the sentence handed down Tuesday by U. S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara. He had been convicted of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Assistant U. S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, said Tantillo told the 16-year-old victim he was 18 years old. After communicating over the Internet with the victim, he met the girl in person for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. It is a violation of state law for someone over 21 to engage in sexual intercourse with a person younger than 17.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The sentencing is a culmination of a joint investigation by the FBI, Cheektowaga Police and Lancaster Police.