Dauphin County man charged in child sex trafficking case

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Coy Klinger

A federal grand jury indicted a Lower Paxton Township man on charges of sex trafficking of children, coercion and enticement, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Coy C. Klinger, 37,  allegedly sought out young girls and women online and paid them to engage in acts of prostitution from his home in Lower Paxton Township between January and June 2014. Evidence was allegedly found on electronic devices in Klinger’s home. The devices, including an Iphone, a cell phone, desktop and laptop computers, and a Nikon camera, as well as the residence itself located at 5716 Kenwood Avenue, are listed in a notice of forfeiture in the indictment.
Klinger appeared today before Chief Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson for his initial appearance. Klinger was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for September 15.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

If convicted, Klinger faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years imprisonment on the production charge, a mandatory minimum 10 years imprisonment on the sex trafficking charge, a mandatory minimum 10 years imprisonment on the coercion and enticement charge and a statutory maximum of life imprisonment.