New Jersey Man Indicted On Child Pornography, Cyberstalking Charges
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BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a 29-count indictment charging Timothy Myers, 34, of Freehold, NJ, with production, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, sexual enticement of minors, and cyberstalking. The charges carry a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, between December 2016 and August 2017, the defendant pretended to be a younger male, using the names CJ Mikowski and Colin James, and targeted girls as young as 12 years old on Facebook. Myers made the girls believe they were in a romantic relationship with him and persuaded the girls to end him sexually explicit images. When the girls did not send Myers the requested images, or attempted to break off communication, the defendant threatened to expose them by distributing their pictures to other people. In the case of one victim, Myers drove the minor from New York to New Jersey for sex on two occasions. There are at least five victims identified in the Western District of New York.
Myers was arraigned this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being held pending further proceedings.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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