Former South Plainfield, N.J., Police Captain Pleads Guilty To Sexually Exploiting A Minor
TRENTON, N.J. – A former South Plainfield, N.J., police captain admitted today to exploiting a minor girl by enticing her to live-stream sexually explicit acts via the Internet in exchange for payment, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Michael Grennier, 51, of South Plainfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of production of child pornography. Grennier was charged by complaint on Feb. 19, 2013, and has been in custody since that date.
According to documents and evidence in this case and statements made in court:
On Feb. 14, 2013, Grennier enticed a girl to perform sexually explicit acts and stream images of herself over the Internet while he watched remotely from his home computer. During the webcam session, Grennier exchanged text messages with the minor in which he directed her actions. Grennier admitted during his guilty plea proceeding that he promised to buy his victim clothing in exchange for her performance.
At the time of his arrest, Grennier was working for a private computer forensics firm. Prior to his retirement, he was a computer forensics specialist for the South Plainfield Police Department.
The production count carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The mandatory minimum sentence for this offense is 15 years in prison. Sentencing is currently scheduled for March 27, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, for the investigation leading to today’s plea. He also thanked the South Plainfield Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police James Parker, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Andrew Carey, for their assistance with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Harvey Bartle, Attorney-in-Charge of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Trenton.
Defense counsel: Frank Arleo Esq., West Orange, N.J.