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Essex County, New Jersey, Man Charged with Taking Cellphone Photos of his sexual abuse of children

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man was charged today with sexually abusing two children and recording the abuse on his cell phone, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Justin Kinney, 26, of Newark, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Newark on 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. He will be arraigned at a later date.

According to the indictment, other documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Oct. 25, 2012, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on Kinney’s laptop computer and cell phone, which revealed several files depicting child sexual abuse, which appeared to be self-produced and were taken with the same type of cell phone seized from Kinney at the time of his arrest.

Each count of production of child pornography 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 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 charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danielle M. Corcione and Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.


Defense counsel: John Yauch Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Updated September 10, 2015