Florham Park Resident, Summer Camp Director Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Possession of Explicit Images of Minors
NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for his role in producing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Officials say Colin M. Skeele, 33, of Florham Park, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of producing Explicit Images of Minors.
Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Skeele previously worked as a counselor at a boys’ summer camp in Hardwick and as a teacher at parochial schools in Boonton and Stirling.
In 2011, Skeele became Facebook friends with a boy that Skeele met while working as a counselor at a boys’ summer camp.
In Facebook messages with the minor, Skeele offered to pay money for the minor to take sexually explicit photographs to send to Skeele.
In one instance, Skeele paid the boy approximately $100 to send nude images of himself. Skeele later sent at least one pornographic image of that minor to another minor that had also attended the summer camp.
On multiple occasions between 2012 and 2014, Skeele communicated online with individuals located in the Philippines to purchase live youth sexual abuse video, which Skeele directed and viewed in real time via an online video and chat service.
Instant messages obtained during the investigation revealed that Skeele used an online fund transfer service to purchase live explicit abuse videos of young children.
Anyone with information regarding possible victims of this activity is urged to contact the Department of Homeland Security in Newark, New Jersey, at 973-776-5500.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Skeele to 20 years of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender and cannot have contact with anyone under age 18.