TRENTON, N.J. – An Ocean County, New Jersey, man was charged today with online enticement to produce, as well as receipt of, images of child sexual abuse, U.S Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
According to federal officials, Mr. Samuel Schwinger, 34, of Lakewood, is charged by complaint with one count each of sexual exploitation of a minor, online enticement of a minor to produce and receipt of Explicit Images of Minors.
Officials say Schwinger is already in custody on state charges; his initial appearance will be scheduled for a later date.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Schwinger met an underage girl through an online social media application while he purported to be an underage girl.
Schwinger asked the girl to send him explicit videos through the application and directed her to produce certain images in the videos.
During his communications with the victim, Schwinger also sent her sexually explicit videos claiming to be the minor depicted in those videos.
The charge of online enticement carries a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.
The charge of sexual exploitation of a minor carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The receipt of explicit images of minors carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.