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Passaic County Man Sentenced to 186 Months in Prison for Producing Child Pornography and Online Enticement

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 186 months in prison for producing one or more images of child sexual abuse and enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Jose Minaya, 27, of Paterson, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Julien X. Neals to an information charging him with one count of production of child pornography and one count of online enticement. Judge Neals imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

In July 2019, Minaya used a web-based application to engage a child in a sexually explicit conversation online. Minaya persuaded the child to take sexually explicit photographs of the child and send them to him. Minaya was arrested at his home in May 2020, at which time agents seized multiple electronic devices. Further investigation revealed that Minaya had used another application to entice an additional minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Neals sentenced Minaya to lifetime supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of Homeland Security Investigations Newark, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Updated August 14, 2023

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 23-230