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Union Beach Man Sentenced to Seven Years For Receiving Explicit Images of Minors

Union Beach

A Union Beach man was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for knowingly receiving explicit images of minors, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Honig, Herman Christopher Jensen, 68, of Union Beach, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with knowingly receiving explicit images of minors.

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

FBI began investigating Jensen for assuming the identity of a 17-year-old boy in order to entice and solicit an underage girl to send explicit images over the internet. 

Jensen did this by creating a fake Facebook account, purporting to be a teenaged boy named “Kevin Bennett.” 

From January 2018 through about August 2018, Jensen used the “Kevin Bennett” Facebook account to communicate with the minor victim frequently, causing her to believe that she was involved in a romantic relationship with “Kevin Bennett.”

Jensen requested nude and semi-nude photographs from the victim minor through Facebook’s messenger service. 

As time went on, Jensen received increasingly explicit videos depicting the minor victim engaging in explicit activity. 

In August of 2018, Jensen revealed to the minor victim that he was not, in fact, the 17-year-old teenager he purported to be, but instead an adult named Chris Jenson. 

The victim continued to communicate with Jensen via the “Chris Jensen” Facebook account. In December 2018, the minor victim traveled to New Jersey to live with Jensen.

On December 19, 2018, local authorities became involved in the matter, causing the removal of the victim from Jensen’s residence.

In addition to the prison term, Jensen was sentenced to lifetime supervised release.