TRENTON, NJ – Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in federal court for the trial of former South Plainfield resident Jane Dornick, who is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to an FBI criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Dornick allegedly took sexually explicit photographs of one of her children and then provided the pictures to Michael Grennier, a retired South Plainfield police captain. Grennier pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography in December and is awaiting sentencing.
In addition to taking pictures, Dornick also allegedly allowed Grennier to set up a video camera in her bedroom, where the camera would record the young girl performing in various sexually explicit poses.
According to a press release announcing Grennier’s guilty plea in December, the camera would stream over the Internet while Grennier would watch live 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.
Dornick was arrested on February 19, 2013 and was released on a $500,000 bond several weeks later pending trial. She was indicted in May this year and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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 under the pseudonym “Busy Busy Mom.”
Federal Judge Freda Wolfson will preside over the trial, which is expected to take at least a week.