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Palm Coast man indicted for sex trafficking of minor

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According to the indictment, Farrelly "recruited, enticed, transported, obtained, maintained, patronized and solicited" a girl under age of 18 years old to engage in a commercial sex act between approximately March 2018 and February 2019.

A man from Palm Coast was indicted for the sex trafficking of a minor, according to a news release by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging 47-year-old Sean Patrick Farrelly with sex trafficking of a minor girl. If convicted, Farrelly faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

According to the indictment, Farrelly "recruited, enticed, transported, obtained, maintained, patronized and solicited" a girl under age of 18 years old to engage in a commercial sex act between approximately March 2018 and February 2019.

An indictment is a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. This case was investigated by the FCSO and the FBI. It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Washington.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

“We appreciate our partnership with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in charging him with a federal crime,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a release. “I hope that he spends a long time in federal prison where he belongs.”

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