BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Two men are facing charges for attempting to meet teens for sex through social media, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
65-year-old Mark Jacobell of Buffalo is charged with third-degree attempted criminal sex act and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. The DA’s office says Jacobell’s arraignment was Monday morning.
Jacobell attempted to meet a person he thought was a 15-year-old boy at a location on Delaware and Hertel Avenue to engage in sexual conduct at 2:45 p.m. on November 19, 2019.
He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to return to court on January 22, at 9:30 a.m. Jacobell faces a maximum of a year in jail if convicted on all charges.
50-year-old Erick Guigui of Amherst is charged with attempted use of a child in a sexual performance, first degree attempted disseminating indecent material to minors, third-degree criminal sex act and attempted endangering the welfare of a child.
He was arraigned in Buffalo City Court last Friday.
Erie County DA John Flynn says Guigui attempted to meet who he believed was a 15-year-old boy on Delaware and Kenmore Avenue on November 29, 2019, at 5:45 p.m.
Guigui allegedly requested the victim send him sexually explicit photos via social media before the arranged meeting.
His felony hearing is scheduled for January 16, at 9:30 a.m.
Officials tell News 4 he was released on his own recognizance and faces a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted on all charges.