NEWARK, N.J. – A Pennsylvania man was arrested for sexually exploiting and attempting to entice a minor victim, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
Diego Ramos, 19, of Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, is charged by complaint with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of attempted enticement of a minor. He appeared on Nov. 30, 2022, before U.S. Magistrate Judge André M. Espinosa in Newark federal court and was detained.
According to documents filed in this case:
From May 29, 2021 through Nov. 29, 2022, Ramos used multiple Instagram accounts and other social media and messaging platforms to successfully coerce a minor to send sexually explicit images and videos to Ramos. He threatened the victim with public exposure if the victim did not send additional sexually explicit images and videos requested by Ramos, and caused the victim to pay Ramos $12,982 to stop him from publicly releasing the images.
The count of sexual exploitation of a child carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison; the count of attempted enticement of a minor carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison. Both counts are punishable by a maximum of life in prison.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI the Newark Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the FBI-Philadelphia, the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, the Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, Police Department, and the Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Police Department for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny Chung of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.