Dennis man pleads guilty to sex with a minor

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A 46-year-old Dennis Township man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday, Feb. 6, to transporting an underage girl across state lines for sexual activity, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

According to a statement from the US attorney’s office, it was a 15-year-old friend of his daughter.

Michael Kulick, 46, of Dennis Township, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph E. Irenas to one count of transportation of a minor over state lines in order to engage in sexual activity.

According to Fishman’s office, documents filed in this case and statements made in court showed  that Kulick and his family went on a vacation to Lancaster, Pa., in August 2012, accompanied by his daughter’s friend, a 15-year-old girl. Kulick engaged in sexual contact with the minor girl while staying at a hotel in Pennsylvania.

Kulick admitted that after returning to New Jersey, he continued to have a sexual relationship with the minor girl for about two months.  Kulick also admitted that at the time that he transported the girl to and from Pennsylvania, he knew that it was illegal in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania to commit statutory rape.

The count to which Kulick pleaded guilty is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution for the victim. He will also be required to serve at least five years of supervised release.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 13. 

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Atlantic City resident agency, under the direction of Special-Agent-In Charge Aaron T. Ford; in Newark; the New Jersey State Police and investigators with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s office with the investigation. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Vondra Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden prosecuted the case. Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. of  Atlantic City was the defense council. 

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