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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Gloucester County Man Admits Production Of Child Pornography

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County, New Jersey, man today admitted producing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

James Thiel, 32, of Williamstown, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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

From April 2019 through August 2019, Thiel used an email account and a file sharing site to send images and videos of child sexual abuse to other individuals. Thiel produced and appeared in several of these images and videos along with a pre-pubescent child.

The sexual exploitation of a minor charge to which Thiel pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Thiel will be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for April 23, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian A. Michael in Newark, and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Charles A. Fiore, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Deputy U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Skahill and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: Thomas Young Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
20-021
Updated January 14, 2020