Utica woman pleads guilty to federal sex trafficking offense

By Nicky Hickling

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Utica woman pleads guilty to federal sex trafficking offense

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) A Utica woman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to sex trafficking involving a child.

Alexandria Samson Davall admitted to engaging in these acts in February 2012 in Broome, Oneida, and Onondaga counties and beyond.

Davall "knowingly enticed, harbored, and transported a person who was 16 years old at the time" for the purposes of exchanging sexual acts for money with adult men.

Davall admitted she and others had the victim pose in sexually seductive photographs that were posted on Backstage.com, an internet classified website. Davall and the others received money and drugs for sex.

Investigators said the prostitution ring also used a texting network to advertise their prostitution business.

The federal charge stems from an investigation conducted by the FBI-Albany Division, New York State Police, Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, Utica Police Department, and the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.

The Oneida County District Attorney has charged several other people with state crimes in connection to this joint investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are expected.

Davall continues to be held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service pending sentencing. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 22, when she faces a statutory mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life. The maximum possible fine is $250,000.