Upstate NY man pleads guilty to sex trafficking

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A 32-year-old upstate New York man has pleaded guilty in federal court to sex trafficking of a child.

Authorities say Edward Tilden of Utica was among nine people arrested in February 2012 in connection with sex trafficking in central New York that involved a minor. He admitted Thursday helping prostitute the victim in exchange for money and drugs.

The victim was 16 at the time.

Police say the prostitution ring used an online classified ad to offer sex with the victim and transported her to various locations including hotels.

The arrests followed a nine-month investigation.

Tilden is in jail. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in September and faces 10 years to life in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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