Man Known As “Fatz” Indicted On Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

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BUFFALO – A Jamestown man has been indicted on 14 counts of enticing and trafficking minor for sex and producing and distributing child pornography.

James A. Chapman, a/k/a Fatz Guy, a/k/a Perverted Doe, 37, of Jamestown, NY, was charged with enticement of a minor; sex trafficking of a minor; production, distribution, possession, and receipt of child pornography; and making a false statement.

He was arrested on Thursday morning by FBI Agents and members of the Jamestown Police Department.

The indictment alleges that Chapman attempted to coerce a minor to engage in prostitution on November 24th and 25th.

According to the indictment, on those same dates, Chapman recruited two minor victims to engage in a commercial sex act. In addition, the defendant is accused of producing a visual depiction of their encounter.

Authorities also allege that on multiple occasions between December 14, 2016, and April 7, 2017, Chapman distributed an image of child pornography.

On April 7, 2017, Chapman coerced a third minor victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. The defendant also received, possessed and distributed child pornography.

The indictment further states that on January 24, 2018, the defendant made a false statement to a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming that he thought Victim 1 and Victim 2 were 18 years-old, when in truth and in fact, Chapman knew they were minors. In addition, the defendant possessed images of child pornography on his cellular telephone and social media account.

The defendant was arraigned this afternoon and is being held on bail.

Anyone with information about James Chapman’s, a/k/a Fatz Guy, a/k/a Perverted Doe, contact with minors is urged to call the FBI Buffalo office at 716-856-7800 and to press zero (0) and to ask to speak with an agent about James Chapman.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.

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