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Williamstown Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Producing Explicit Images, Videos of Minors


A Gloucester County man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for producing explicit images of minors, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

According to federal officials, James Thiel, 34, of Williamstown, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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

From April 2019 through August 2019, Thiel used an email account and a file-sharing site to send explicit images and videos of minors to other individuals. Thiel produced and appeared in several of these images and videos along with a pre-pubescent child.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Thiel to a lifetime term of supervised release, ordered him to pay restitution of $5,000 to victims, and ordered him to register as a sex offender.