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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Registered Sex Offender Sentenced To More Than 20 Years In Prison For Transporting Minor Across State Lines For Sex

NEWARK, N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man was sentenced to 255 months in prison for transporting an underage boy across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jayme Shannon, 53 of East Windsor, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to an information charging him with interstate transportation of a minor for illicit purposes and doing so while being a registered sex offender. Judge Salas imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. 

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

In September 2013, Shannon met a 15-year-old boy in the internet chat room “Chatavenue.com,” and continued to communicate with the victim in September and October 2013. 

On Oct. 14, 2013, Shannon arranged to meet the victim at the Skyview Motel in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After renting a motel room that morning, Shannon drove from New Jersey to New York, where he picked up the victim. Shannon then drove the victim from New York to the Skyview Motel and engaged in sexual conduct with the victim. Shannon was arrested later that day when Fort Lee police officers found him with the victim inside the motel.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew Campi; the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal; and the Fort Lee Police Department, under the direction of Chief Keith M. Bendul, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

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

Defense counsel: Ron Bar-Nadav Esq. and Benjamin Morton Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey

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Topic: 
Human Trafficking
Updated February 16, 2016