Brandon Todd of Prattsburgh, N.Y., heads into federal court in Rochester for a hearing on Aug. 15, 2013. He is charged with kidnapping. / Tina Yee, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In conversations with the FBI, Brandon Todd claimed that he was a sex trafficker who had pushed dozens of women into the sex trade.
He also told a woman whom he met on a bus to California and then brought back to his New York home that he was a gang member.
U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. sentenced Todd on Thursday to a year in jail. Earlier this year Todd pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Todd, 20, has already served most of the year and is expected to return to the Prattsburgh home he shares with his grandparents.
Todd was originally charged with kidnapping after the woman whom he met on the bus claimed that he had forced her to return to Steuben County, then kept her as a sex slave in his home. When Todd was arrested last year, the salacious allegations turned the criminal case into a brief sensation in national news.
The story told to the FBI by the 28-year-old woman ended up riddled with inconsistencies. For instance, Todd's neighbors claimed they saw the two walking together affectionately.
After weeks at Todd's home, the woman entered a hospital claiming she was suffering from asthma. She then called her boyfriend, who lived in Florida and drove to New York to get her, authorities say.
Authorities this year dropped the kidnapping charge against Todd, and he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in strange telephone calls he made to agents.
"This is one of the more bizarre cases that I've ever really presided over, and I've presided over a lot of cases," Geraci told Todd.
"You created a lot of havoc, not only for law enforcement but also for the victim in this case," Geraci said. "This did unleash a widespread investigation."
Under his sentence, Todd will be supervised by probation officials for three years. He will be on a curfew.
He will also be on electronic monitoring for 90 days.
Geraci also ordered Todd into mental health and substance abuse counseling.
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