NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A 36-year-old North Plainfield man and his 39-year-old girlfriend were indicted for producing child pornography, authorities said. The investigation began with a CyberTip initiated by Facebook with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, authorities said.
Daniel T. Baggott, of North Plainfield, and Amanda E. Hunt, 39, of Laurel Springs, Missouri, face one count each of using a child victim to produce child pornography and using a cell phone to induce the child victim to engage in illegal sexual activity, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Missouri said in a statement. The pair were charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. replacing a federal criminal complaint that was filed on April 11, 2019. Hunt and Baggott remain in federal custody, the statement said.
The federal indictment charges Hunt and Baggott with one count each of using a child victim to produce child pornography from Aug. 5, 2017, to April 9, 2019. The indictment also charges each of the with one count of using a cell phone to induce the child victim to engage in illegal sexual activity.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, the investigation began when Facebook initiated a CyberTip with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on April 7, 2019. Facebook reported that Hunt and Baggott exchanged images of child pornography through Facebook Messenger. Investigators also discovered sexually explicit messages, along with shared images of child pornography, between Hunt, Baggott, and the 15-year-old victim. Hunt told investigators that Baggott was her boyfriend, the statement said.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Southwest Missouri Cybercrime Task Force, and the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."