Warren County, New Jersey, Man Convicted of Production of Child Pornography, Online Enticement, Sending Interstate Extortionate Threats, and Stalking
NEWARK, N.J. – A Washington, New Jersey, man was convicted today of sex crimes, extortion and stalking – including asking a minor girl to produce explicit images of herself and threatening a second girl if she didn’t agree to meet and date him, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Brandon McIntyre, 25, was convicted of two counts of the production of child pornography, one count of the online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct, two counts of sending interstate extortionate threats, and one count of stalking. The jury deliberated approximately four hours following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court.
According to the documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
McIntyre met various minor girls through Facebook, sometimes as himself, other times pretending to be a teenage girl. Over the course of the correspondence with one female, McIntyre threatened to hurt her boyfriend and kill her family when she refused to go out with him. In his interaction with another girl, McIntyre sent her images of his genitals and demanded that she send nude images of herself. McIntyre threatened the girl, claiming he was a state trooper who could arrest and imprison her family members if she did not send him nude images of herself. When one victim threatened to report McIntyre to her school guidance counselor, McIntyre responded, “Do it and see what happens” and “I can have ur family killed too and make u watch.”
McIntyre admitted to law enforcement that he, at times, pretended to be a teenage girl using the alias “Katie Thompson” in online chats with minors. He said he solicited minors to take and send nude images of themselves to him and threatened to harm minors and their loved ones on multiple occasions if they did not comply with his demands.
The charges of sexual exploitation of a child each carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison. The charge of online enticement carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison. The charges of interstate extortionate threats each carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison. The charge of stalking carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. All of the counts are also punishable by a $250,000 fine. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark; the Middlebury, Vermont, Police Department, and the Clinton Police Department with the investigation leading to today’s conviction.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erica Liu and Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.