Scranton man charged with sex trafficking of a minor
A Scranton man is indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly coercing a minor female to engage in prostitution and illegal sexual activity during February through May 2014.
The indictment alleges that the defendant used a cell phone to post advertisements for “escort services” involving the minor female on a website and rented motel rooms in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties to facilitate the prostitution activities.
Cantelmo is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of Children by Force and Coercion and Sex Trafficking of Children by Force and Coercion.
Cantelmo was taken into custody yesterday and is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick at the Federal Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre later today.
The charges stem from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Pennsylvania State Police.