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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Former EMT And Volunteer Firefighter Sentenced To 135 Months In Prison For Enticing Child To Produce Sexually Explicit Images

TRENTON, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man who worked as an emergency medical technician and volunteer firefighter was sentenced today to 135 months in prison for enticing a child to produce sexually explicit images, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Zachary Motta, 24, of Iselin, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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

Beginning in October 2016, Motta communicated with a boy who told Motta he was 12 years old. Motta used a computer and internet connection to ask the victim to send a picture of himself nude, which he did.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Motta to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $5,000 Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act assessment.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

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

Defense counsel: Michael Policastro Esq., Milltown, New Jersey

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
18-411
Updated November 27, 2018