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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New Egypt, New Jersey, Man Arrested On Charge Of Production Of Child Pornography Abroad

TRENTON, N.J. – An Ocean County, New Jersey, cargo pilot who travels abroad frequently has been arrested for allegedly coercing a minor to participate in acts of child sexual abuse, which he recorded on camera and imported to the United States, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Frank William Maile, 62, of New Egypt, New Jersey, was arrested May 1, 2018, by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Maile is retired from the U.S. Air Force and currently works as a cargo pilot. He is charged by complaint with one count of producing visual depictions of child sexual abuse outside the United States, with the intent that the depictions be imported into the United States. Maile made his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Arpert and was remanded without bail.

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

On Dec. 2, 2015, and December 3, 2015, while in the Philippines, Maile created images and videos of two minor females engaging in multiple sex acts.

The charge of producing child pornography abroad 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 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Cherry Hill office, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Richard Reinhold, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, and the Plumsted Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Earl Meroney, for their assistance with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa T. Wiygul of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information regarding possible victims of this activity is urged to contact HSI’s tip line at 866-DHS-2-ICE.

Defense counsel: Hercules Pappas Esq., Haddonfield, New Jersey

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
18-190
Updated May 2, 2018