Essex County, New Jersey, Man Admits Taking Cellphone Pictures While Sexually Abusing Two Children
NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark, New Jersey, man today admitted sexually abusing two girls and recording the conduct on his cellphone, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Justin Kinney, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with two counts of producing child pornography. Kinney was previously arrested and charged by federal complaint on April 20, 2014, and is currently in state custody on related charges.
According to the papers filed in the case and statements made in court:
On Oct. 25, 2012, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Kinney’s laptop computer and cellphone, which revealed several files of child pornography that appeared to be taken with Kinney’s cellphone. Kinney admitted that two of the images, dated Aug. 19, 2012 and Oct. 10, 2012, were taken by him while he sexually abused two girls.
On each count of the production of child pornography, Kinney faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Kinney will be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Sept. 9, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kelly and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danielle M. Corcione and Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Assistant Federal Public Defender John Yauch Esq., Newark