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Jane Dornick 'BusyBusy Mom' Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Sexually Exploiting a Minor

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TRENTON, NJ – South Plainfield resident Jane Dornick was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for sexually exploiting a minor female by coercing the girl to live stream sexually explicit acts via the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Dornick, 53, pleaded guilty, prior to the selection of a jury, to Count One of an indictment charging her with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The remaining counts will be dismissed at sentencing. Dornick entered her plea before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court.

Dornick worked as a writer and photographer for the South Plainfield Observer, where she wrote extensively on education and local-government issues. In addition, she penned a column in the Observer under the pseudonym “Busy Busy Mom.”  Dornick in the past was a member of the Middle School PTO, and she frequently attended South Plainfield Board of Education and Borough Council meetings.  

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

On Aug. 16, 2010, Dornick coerced and used “Victim 1,” a minor female, to perform sexually explicit acts and live stream them over the Internet to Michael Grennier, 51, who watched remotely via his computer in his home in South Plainfield.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Dornick to lifetime supervised release.

Grennier pleaded guilty before Judge Wolfson to a separate charge of the sexual exploitation of a minor on Dec. 16, 2013, and was sentenced Nov. 21, 2014, to 20 years in prison.

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, for the investigation leading to today’s plea. Fishman also thanked the South Plainfield Borough Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police James Parker, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Andrew Carey, for their assistance with the investigation. 

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