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Ocean County Man Admits Sexually Exploiting Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. – An Ocean County, New Jersey, man today admitted coercing a minor into producing images of child sexual abuse, U.S Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced. 

Samuel Schwinger, 37, Lakewood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Georgette Castner in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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

In March 2019 used an internet-based application to communicate with the victim, who was under the age of 12. Schwinger asked the victim to make sexually explicit videos of the victim and send them to him. Schwinger admitted that from October 2018 through April 5, 2019, he communicated with more than 25 minor victims for the purpose of producing and distributing sexually explicit material.

The charge of sexual exploitation of a minor carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2023.

U.S. Sellinger credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Cherry Hill under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel in Newark; the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer; and the Lakewood New Jersey Police Department under the direction of Chief Gregory Meyer. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Gasparian, Chief of the General Crimes Unit.

Updated April 19, 2023

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Press Release Number: 23-044