Internet Crimes Task Force Announces Arrest

WATERTOWN, NY (July 27, 2000) - The New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), which is composed of the New York State Police, the New York State Attorney General's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Colonie Police Department, and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Correctional Services' Office of the Inspector General, report the arrest of MILLARD J. LONKEY, JR., 47, of 3174 Bedford Corners Road, Cape Vincent, New York, for Attempted Kidnapping First Degree, a class B felony, and Attempted Disseminating Indecent Materials to Minors First Degree, class E felony.

The investigation started after Lonkey made contact, using his computer, with a person he believed to be a 13 year old girl living in Colorado. The child was an undercover police officer belonging to the ICAC Task Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lonkey arranged to have the child purchase a bus ticket to travel to New York State, where he intended to engage in various acts of sexual conduct with the child.

On July 27, ICAC Task Force members, assisted by investigators from the New York State Attorney General's Office in Buffalo, arrested Lonkey after he traveled to a Buffalo bus station to meet the child. While the arrest was taking place, ICAC Task Force members, assisted by the New York State Police Troop D Bureau of Criminal Investigation, executed a search warrant on the Lonkey residence in Cape Vincent. The investigation was successfully concluded with further assistance from Troop A State Police, Erie County Sheriff's Department, Niagara Frontier Transit Authority, the Buffalo City Police Department and the Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert.

Lonkey was arraigned before Town Justice Richard Baker and remanded to the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond. Prosecution of Lonkey will be handled through the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Lonkey, 47, is a correction officer at the state's Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. Employed as an officer since January 1989 and at Cape Vincent since May 1990, he is paid $39,680 annually. Correctional Services officials will take action in accordance with the appropriate provisions of the state's labor contract with the correctional officer's bargaining unit, the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOBA).

In 1998, the NYS ICAC Task Force was one of ten task forces in the country to be awarded federal funds to counter the emerging threat of offenders using the Internet or other online technology to sexually exploit children. Today, there are now thirty federally funded task forces among state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation. The program is funded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).