MONMOUTH COUNTY – A 27-year-old man has admitting to producing several videos of him sexually assaulting a minor, officials said.
Christian Importuna of Englishtown, pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with production of child pornography.
According to authorities, Importuna recorded at least two videos of him sexually assaulting a juvenile girl in March of 2020.
Law enforcement was notified of the videos after Importuna tried to trade images of child pornography with an undercover cop on an online app. Police linked the videos to Importuna through business records indicating that they were sent from his home in Englishtown. Additionally, police identified Importuna through still images of the videos.
Importuna faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 17, 2023.
U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger credited special agents the FBI Newark Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.