Former NJDCP&P Employee Charged with Production of Child Pornography
CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man who was previously employed by the N.J. Department of Child Protection and Permanency (NJDCP&P) was charged today for allegedly receiving, distributing and producing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Kayan Frazier, 27, of Somers Point, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of producing visual depictions of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. Frazier is expected to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
After receiving a report of images of child sexual abuse distributed via Tumblr, law enforcement officers identified Frazier, who was then employed as a case worker at NJDCP&P, as the sender. On April 12, 2019, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office obtained a search warrant for Frazier’s residence and, while executing the warrant, observed Frazier in the company of a minor. Law enforcement officers recovered thousands of additional images of child pornography on Frazier’s cellular telephone and other electronic media, which included images of the minor at his residence.
Frazier was arrested on April 15, 2019, by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and charged with child endangerment, and has been detained without bail.
The receipt and distribution of child pornography offenses each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. The production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of FBI, Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark; the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Damon Tyner; the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Eric Scheffler; the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Shanahan; and the N.J. Human Services Police with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Vondra Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.
The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.