Gloucester County, New Jersey Man Charged with Producing Child Pornography with Hidden Camera in His Bathroom
CAMDEN, NJ—A Williamstown, New Jersey, man who was charged on Dec. 4, 2015 with receiving images and videos of child sexual abuse was arrested again this morning by FBI agents on a new charge of producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Eric Ziegler, 37, is charged by criminal complaint with producing and receiving child pornography. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case:
Beginning in February 2015, law enforcement officers learned that a user of an Internet account registered to a Williamstown residence was linked to an online community of individuals who regularly sent and received child pornography via a website that operated on an anonymous online network. Further investigation revealed that Ziegler, who previously worked from home providing technological support to computer users who work for financial institutions, was utilizing the anonymous network to view and receive images of child sexual abuse.
On Dec. 3, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Ziegler’s residence. An initial review of the evidence recovered revealed dozens of computer discs containing images of child sexual abuse, including images and video files of adult men engaged in intercourse with prepubescent girls.
Further review of Ziegler’s computer revealed still images and a video file showing prepubescent girls who were recorded in the first-floor bathroom of Ziegler’s Williamstown home. The images and video file, which focused on the girls’ genitalia, showed them changing into swimsuits and using the bathroom.
The search of Ziegler’s computer also revealed dozens of similar hidden-camera videos of prepubescent females ranging in age from 8 to 12. The videos were recorded in what appear to be fitting rooms, bathrooms and locker rooms. It is unknown at this time if Ziegler made those images himself or obtained them through other means. To date, law enforcement officers have positively identified four minor children who appear in the images and video file recovered from Ziegler’s computer. The investigation regarding the identification of additional victims is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding possible victims of this activity is urged to contact the FBI in Cherry Hill, New Jersey at 856-795-9556.
The charge of producing child pornography is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The count of receiving child pornography is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge William F. Sweeney in Philadelphia, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. U.S. Attorney Fishman also thanked the Monroe Township Police Department under the direction of Chief John McKeown for its assistance with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D’Aguanno of the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office Camden Office.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense counsel: Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. Esq., Haddon Heights, New Jersey