Ulster County jury convicts man of soliciting “teenage girl” for sex


KINGSTON – A Newburgh man is scheduled to be sentenced in Ulster County Court in November following his conviction on Thursday, August 22 on a charge of attempted rape.

On September 8, 2018, Travis Sammeth, 34, contacted an undercover police officer online. He expressed interest in having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and made arrangements to meet with the person he believed to be the child and her stepfather.

When Sammeth arrived at the designated location, the Hudson Valley Mall, he was arrested.


In reaching their verdict, the jury found that Sammeth had the intent to have sex with the minor and that his conduct came dangerously close to completing that intent.

The case stemmed from a three-day operation carried out in Ulster County by the FBI and State Police Child Exploration Task Force in conjunction with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.

The operation targeted individuals who pursued sexual contact with minors via social media. This operation led to eight arrests, seven of which led to felony convictions.

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