NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man admitted 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, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Julien X. Neals on Jan. 5, 2023, to an information charging him with one count of production of child pornography and one count of online enticement.
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.
The charge of production of child pornography, carries 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 of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. Each of the charges carry a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for May 9, 2023.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents with the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.