CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 188 months in prison for producing images of child sexual abuse, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
James Thiel, 34, of Williamstown, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman to an information charging him with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge Hillman imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
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 images and videos of child sexual abuse 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.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, and the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Christine Hoffman, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.