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May 07, 2020

67-Year-Old Union Beach Man Arrested After Posing as Teen Online, Luring Minor to His Home

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A Monmouth County man has been charged with knowingly receiving images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Herman Christopher Jensen, 67, of Union Beach, has been charged by complaint with one count of knowingly receiving child pornography. He was arrested on May 6 and appeared by teleconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson.

Jensen was released on $100,000 unsecured bond.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, the FBI began investigating Jensen for assuming the identity of a 17-year-old boy in order to entice and solicit a minor to send nude and sexually explicit images over the internet. Jensen did this by creating a fake Facebook account, purporting to be a teenage boy named Kevin Bennett. From January 2018 through August 2018, Jensen used the “Kevin Bennett” Facebook account to communicate with the minor victim, causing the victim to believe the victim was in a involved in a romantic relationship with the boy.

Jensen requested nude and semi-nude photographs from the victim through Facebook’s messenger service. The victim obliged to his requests. As time went on, Jensen received increasingly explicit videos.

In August 2018, Jensen revealed to the victim that he was not, in fact, the teenager he purported to be, but instead, an adult named Chris Jensen. The victim continued to communicate with Jensen via the “Chris Jensen” Facebook account. In December 2018, the victim traveled to New Jersey to live with Jensen, where Jensen began having sex with the minor victim.

On Dec. 19, 2018, local authorities became involved in the matter, causing the removal of the minor victim from Jensen’s residence.

The charge of knowingly receiving child pornography carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, and a statutory maximum fine equal to $250,000 or twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss, whichever is greater.

Carpenito credited special agents and task force officers of the FBI and its Red Bank Resident Agency Jersey Shore Gang and Criminal Organization Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the Union Beach Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, for assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry Farhat of the Government Frauds Unit in Newark.

The charge and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.