US Attorney Charges Bronx Prosecutor with Attempted Sexual Exploitation of Minor and Attempted Incitement of Minor | USAO-SDNY
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the arrest of TONG HYON SUH, aka “Jason Suh”. SUH is accused of communicating online with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl and attempting to meet the girl to engage in sexual activity and record the activity. SUH was presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew E. Krause in White Plains Federal Court and detained.
US Attorney Damian Williams said: “Suh’s behavior is every parent’s nightmare. He tried to exploit the most vulnerable in our society. This case highlights the urgent need for law enforcement to continue their efforts to protect children from those who harm them.
According to the allegations of the complaint filed yesterday in federal court in White Plains:
Beginning April 24, 2022, a detective from the Greenwich Police Department (“Detective-1”), who posed as a 14-year-old girl named “Megan”, communicated through the social platform, Kik, with TONG HYON SUH, aka “Jason Suh”. During communications, SUH, who used the Kik username “suhjason”, identified himself as a 45-year-old Korean man living in New York and indicated that he wanted to meet “Megan” in order to having sex. . Detective-1 told SUH that she was a 14-year-old female from Connecticut. During communications, SUH sent various photos of him showing his face.
During their communications, which ran from April 24, 2022 to May 27, 2022, among others, SUH told Detective-1 that he “finds[s] the hot age gap tbh” and “tbh bottom I want a submissive young slut. SUH asked “Megan” for photos. For example, he said to her, “So, sneak in a bathroom break pic. I like a good slut.
On April 26, 2022, SUH discussed an in-person meeting. He asked “Megan” for “sl*tty pics” that she could “delete after taking”. During communications, SUH made reference to other teenage girls he had sex with. On or about May 2, 2022, SUH told “Megan” that he wanted to film them performing sex acts and he kept asking for photos.
On or about May 20, 2022, an FBI Special Agent acting in a covert capacity as “Megan” spoke to SUH by phone. During the call, SUH identified himself as “Dad” and “Jason”. SUH said he was born in 1977, is a New York City attorney with an office in the Bronx, and has been a lawyer since he was 26.
SUH and “Megan” spoke again on May 24, 2022. SUH and “Megan” discussed reuniting and SUH said he would rent a residence and take the train to Greenwich, Connecticut. He said he would use a ride-hailing service to pick up “Megan” from her home and then they would go to the rented residence together, where they would engage in sexual activity and smoke marihuana. During the conversation, “Megan” asked SUH to bring condoms, lollipops, and marijuana, and to wear a costume. “Megan” gave SUH an address in Greenwich, Connecticut and told her she lived in an apartment at that address.
After the May 24, 2022 phone call, SUH told “Megan” that they were scheduled to meet on Friday, May 27, 2022. SUH said that he and “Megan” would use a transportation service to get to the residence qu he was renting in Stamford, Connecticut.
A public database for New York attorney registration information indicates that a “TONG-HYON SUH” is registered as an active attorney in New York with a business address in the Bronx. Additionally, the database indicates that “TONG-HYON SUH” was admitted to the New York bar on or around November 19, 2003.
On May 27, 2022, at approximately 3:31 p.m., TONG HYON SUH, aka “Jason Suh”, arrived at the Metro North station in Greenwich, Connecticut on a northbound Metro North train after passing through Westchester County. SUH wore a suit and carried a black briefcase and a red and white tote. Law enforcement observed SUH enter the rear passenger seat of a black Toyota Highlander and exit the station.
At approximately 3:50 p.m., TONG HYON SUH, alias “Jason Suh”, the accused, arrived at the address provided by “Megan”. When SUH entered the building at this address, detectives from the Greenwich Police Department arrested him. After SUH was arrested, the attackers retrieved a black briefcase and a red and white shopping bag from the vehicle SUH was in. An inventory search of the briefcase and bag revealed that they contained, among other things, a laptop computer, a USB key, sneakers, matches, marijuana, toiletries, clothing, a packet of unopened pacifiers and six condoms.
Following his arrest, TONG HYON SUH, aka “Jason Suh”, was charged in Stamford Superior Court.
There may be other victims of this alleged conduct. If you have any information to report, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation through its toll-free hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI
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SUH, 45, of Bronx, New York, is charged with one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and one count of attempted incitement of a minor, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The legal minimum and maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the accused will be determined by the judge.
Following today’s presentation, Judge Krause ordered that SUH be detained.
Williams praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Connecticut State Attorney’s Office, the Greenwich Police Department and the Westchester County Street Safety Task Force, which is made up of Special Agents and FBI Task Force Officers, US Probation, New York State Police, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau from Westchester County Prosecutors, Rockland County Prosecutors Office, NYPD, Westchester County PD and the Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Greenburgh, White Plains, Peekskill, Ramapo and the Clarkstown Police Department. He added that the investigation is ongoing.
The prosecution is being handled by the Bureau’s White Plains division. Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer N. Ong and Marcia S. Cohen are in charge of the prosecutions.
 As the introductory sentence indicates, the entire text of the complaint and the description of the complaint set forth herein are allegations only, and each fact described should be treated as an allegation.