FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2014
NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man made his initial court appearance today on charges that he sexually exploited two prepubescent girls after allegedly photographing himself abusing the girls, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Justin Kinney, 25, is charged by complaint with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He was already in state custody on related charges and had his initial appearance in Newark federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer. Kinney was remanded without bail.
According to the complaint:
Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on Kinney’s laptop computer and cellular telephone on Oct. 25, 2012. A forensic review of the equipment seized revealed several images of child sexual abuse that appear to be self-produced and allegedly depict Kinney sexually abusing two different prepubescent females.
Each charge of sexual exploitation of a child carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew McLees; the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, and the N.J. Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle M. Corcione of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.
14-158Defense counsel: John Yauch Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark