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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sachin Aji Bhaskar, 24, of India, who was convicted of sexual enticement of a minor, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William J. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who handled the case, stated that the defendant met the 11 year-old minor victim online and communicated with the minor victim through text messages. On August 11, 2018, Bhaskar coerced the victim to have sex with him. The defendant picked up the victim at the victim’s residence in Buffalo, NY, and took the victim to an apartment where the defendant was staying at the time in Williamsville, NY. The minor victim’s mother called the Buffalo Police after discovering what had happened when the minor victim returned home the following morning.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.

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