TRENTON — A former South Plainfield police captain is accused of enticing a juvenile girl to perform sexually explicit acts and live-stream them via the internet.
Michael Grennier, 50, of South Plainfield, is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
According to the complaint: “Jane Doe” told authorities that for several years Grennier had paid her for photographs and video of herself naked and partially clothed. Grennier had also allegedly paid Jane Doe and another minor female, “Mary Roe,” to engage in sexually explicit conduct in hotel rooms, which Grennier allegedly videotaped.
Grennier allegedly paid Jane Doe to perform sexually explicit acts while he watched via webcam from another computer, as recently as this Valentine’s Day. This was confirmed by text-messages between Grennier and Jane Doe on Feb. 14, at approximately that time, according to Fishman. Grennier was allegedly going to purchase approximately $175 worth of merchandise for Jane Doe as payment for those acts.
The charge of sexual exploitation of children carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Fishman credited the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge David Velazquez in Newark, with the investigation leading to the federal charges. Fishman also thanked the South Plainfield Borough Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police James Parker, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan, for their assistance with the investigation.
The charge and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.