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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 8, 2017

Gloucester County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Enticing Children to Engage in Sexual Conduct

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Deptford, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for using a fake Facebook profile to entice children to produce sexually explicit images, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Michael J. Mostovlyan, 33, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

Mostovlyan admitted that between Jan. 1, 2016 and June 2, 2016, he communicated with children online in order to obtain sexually explicit images of those children. Using a fake female persona on Facebook in the name of “Amber Zee,” which he created using actual images of a girl, Mostovlyan was able to persuade the victims to send him sexually explicit photographs or videos.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Mostovlyan to 15 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster in Philadelphia; the Monroe Township Police Department under the direction of Chief John McKeown; the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton; and the Deptford Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Hanstein, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin C. Danilewitz of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
17-337
Updated September 8, 2017