TRENTON, N.J. – Retired South Plainfield police Captain Michael Grennier admitted today to exploiting a minor girl by enticing her to live-stream sexually explicit acts via the Internet in exchange for payment, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Grennier, 51, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court to one count of production of child pornography. Grennier was charged on February 19, 2013 and has been in custody since.

According to documents and evidence in the case and court statements:

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On February 14, 2013, Grennier enticed a girl to perform sexually explicit acts and stream images of herself over the Internet while he watched remotely from his home computer. During the webcam session, Grennier exchanged text messages with the minor in which he directed her actions. Grennier admitted during his guilty plea that he promised to buy his victim clothing in exchange for her performance.

Grennier was a 25-year member of the South Plainfield Police Department and was selected as “Officer of the Year” in 1989.  At the time of his arrest, he was working for a private computer forensics firm. Before his retirement, he was a computer forensics specialist for the South Plainfield Police Department.

The production count carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The mandatory minimum sentence for this offense is 15 years. Sentencing is scheduled for March 27, 2014.

U.S. Attorney 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. He also thanked the South Plainfield Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police James Parker, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Andrew Carey, for their assistance with the investigation.