TRENTON, N.J. – Zachary Motta, 23, of Iselin, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Motta, a former South Plainfield Volunteer EMT and Iselin Volunteer Fireman, admitted enticing a child to produce sexually explicit images, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Beginning in October 2016, Motta communicated with an underage boy who told Motta he was 12 years old. Motta used a computer and internet connection to ask the victim to send a picture of himself nude, which he did.
The count to which Motta pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss caused by the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for May 10, 2018.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Newark Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.