West Wildwood man faces federal child porn charges

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WEST WILDWOOD— A West Wildwood man was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, July 16 on charges that he received images of child sexual abuse using his cell phone.

According to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Jeffrey Spicer, 44, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

The federal complaint alleges that Spicer took several screenshots of various graphic images through the social media app Instagram and saved them in another app, Keepsake. Three of the images described in a criminal complaint by law enforcement contained prepubescent boys involved in various sexual poses or acts.

There were over 100 images identified as child pornography on the cell phone and two videos, according to the complaint.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Spicer’s residence March 19, which was in Cape May. At that time, they seized Spicer’s cell phone, thumb drive, and a computer hard drive. They say that these devices contained multiple images of child pornography.

The complaint alleges there were 34 images on the thumb drive, and approximately 200 images and one video on the computer hard drive.

Spicer was charged with one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Fishman’s office said that Spicer made his first court appearance Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court. He was remanded without bail, but a bail hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Fishman credited special agents of the ICE-HIS, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew McLees; the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor; the Lower Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Mastriana; the West Wildwood Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jackie Ferentz; and the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory with the investigation leading to the charges.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.


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