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hudson county, n.J., man sentenced to 10 years in prison for coercing a minor to engage in sexual activity


February 19, 2014


NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, N.J. man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for using video chat programs to persuade a minor girl to engage in sexual conduct, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Paul R. Kleinman, 34, of Jersey City, N.J. and Verona, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer to an information charging him with coercing and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.   

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Kleinman admitted that from September 2012 through October 2012, he communicated with a female minor through Skype and FaceTime applications on his tablet and computer. During these online communications, Kleinman instructed the minor to perform sexual acts on herself while he watched. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hochberg sentenced Kleinman to seven years of supervised release.   

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the United States Department of Homeland Security, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Grace Park, the Roselle Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Paul Morrison and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the direction of Commissioner Bob Paulson with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. 

The government is represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.


Defense counsel:  Anthony Macula Esq., Nutley, N.J.

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