Ocean County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Sexually Abusing Toddler, Streaming Assault Live Over The Internet
TRENTON, N.J. – An Ocean County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a toddler and streaming footage of the assault over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Rodford W. Brindley, 68, of Toms River, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano to an information charging him with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge Pisano imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Brindley engaged in online chats with someone whom he believed to be a mother living in Ohio, but who was, in fact, an Ohio law enforcement officer. On April 2, 2012, with no encouragement from the officer, Brindley sexually abused a child in his care at his Toms River home and streamed live video of that conduct over the Internet. He was arrested the same day by Ocean County authorities. He has been in custody since the case was adopted federally in May 2012.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Pisano sentenced Brindley to serve five years of supervised release. He is also required to register as a sex offender.
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 in Newark; the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato; and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio, for the investigation leading to today’s sentence.
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: William Cunningham Esq., Brick, N.J.