An Ithaca man’s facing federal charges following an FBI sting operation that caught him trying to coerce children into sexual activity.
Officials from the FBI say their undercover office in Albany was alerted in June of an adult expressing sexual interest in children on an online dating app. The account name was under the alias “J,” which federal investigators traced to 49-year old Ithaca resident, Jeffrey Blake.
Posing as the mother of two young children, the FBI reached out to Blake and spent more than two months communicating with him, ultimately setting up a meeting and arresting him in Binghamton on Friday (August 23), where he admitted to them his intentions of meeting up with a nine and 13-year-old child.
Blake appeared Monday in Binghamton court and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals, where he now faces federal charges of coercion and enticement of minors.
The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office recently shared the following poster on its Facebook page, which details to parents some of the lesser-known apps their kids may be using to communicate online: