New York man gets nearly 20 year federal prison sentence for taking Harrison County teen across state lines for sex


WHEELING, W.Va. – A New York man was sentenced Wednesday to almost 20 years in federal prison for the interstate transport of a minor for sex, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Max Levine, 36 of Bronx, New York, also known as “James Connely” and “Noxx Nocten,” pleaded guilty in October 2020 to one count of “Transportation of a Minor Across State Lines for Sexual Purposes.” Levine admitted to transporting a 15-year-old West Virginia girl from her Harrison County home to his residence in Bronx, New York to engage in sexual activity in June 2019.

“Levine preyed on the most vulnerable, a teenaged girl. The sentence in this case is a just one and will prevent him from hurting anyone else. Many predators use today’s technology to find and groom victims. Even with the most diligent parents, predators can find a way into your children’s lives. Look for apps that look suspicious, ask questions, and keep an open line of communication,” said Bernard.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley sentenced Levine to 235 months behind bars, which translates to 19.58 years.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

The Bridgeport Police Department investigated the case.

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