Newark Man Charged with Possession of Explicit Images of Minors

NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County man appeared in court today on charges of producing, receiving, and possessing images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

According to federal authorities, Mr. Ramon Zelaya, 36, of Newark, is charged by indictment with one count of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of receiving Explicit Images of Minors, and one count of possessing Wxplicit Images of Minors.

Authorities say Zelaya was initially charged by complaint in April 2019.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Between Aug. 20, 2018, and Sept. 23, 2018, Zelaya used Instagram messages to entice, threaten, and coerce a minor into creating and sending him sexually explicit images and videos.

Zelaya also used multiple Facebook accounts to contact the victim’s parent and to send at least nude image of the victim.

The charge of sexual exploitation of a child carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

The charge of receipt of Explicit Images of Minors carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

The charge of possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.