Two Lehigh Valley men were indicted this week by a federal grand jury on accusations they tried to sex traffic children.
Lorenz Quiambao, 39, of Easton, and Philip Schmaldinst, 44, of Lehigh County, were each indicted on charges of attempted online enticement of a minor and attempted sex trafficking of a child, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said.
Prosecutors said the men tried to use a facility of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and also tried to to have a child engage in a commercial sex act.
Quiambao was arraigned on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty, according to court records. Efforts to reach the pair’s defense attorneys were not successful Thursday morning.
The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI and local law enforcement in Monroe County, and is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood program to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
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