Federal authorities say a man from Hudson County has admitted to producing child pornography.

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36-year-old Ramon Zelaya of Union City pleaded guilty earlier this week to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

According to documents filed in this case,

  • Between Aug. 20, 2018, and Sept. 20, 2018, Zelaya used an alias Instagram account to message a minor victim and entice, threaten, and coerce the minor into creating and sending him sexually explicit images and videos.
  • From April 2018 through May 2018, Zelaya used an alias Facebook account to conspire with an individual in the Dominican Republic to sexually abuse the individual’s minor child, create images of that abuse, and send the images to Zelaya.
  • In May 2017, Zelaya used another messaging application to engage an additional underage victim in sexually explicit conversations during which Zelaya requested that the victim take sexually explicit photographs and videos of the victim and send them to him.

The charge of sexual exploitation of a child carries a 15 to 30-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 20th.

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