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Do you know this man? HSI asks possible victims of a sexual predator to come forward to law enforcement

Do you know this man? HSI asks possible victims of a sexual predator to come forward to law enforcement.
Do you know this man? HSI asks possible victims of a sexual predator to come forward to law enforcement.
NEW YORK – A New Jersey man, posing as a business owner, was indicted today in federal court in New Jersey for engaging in sexual activity with two minors and possession of child pornography. This indictment comes as a result of an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Gregory John Schaffer, aka John Archambeault, 34, was charged with production and possession of child pornography. Today's indictment follows Schaffer's June 2012 arrest and indictment in the Eastern District of New York for enticement and coercion of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.

"The defendant, Gregory John Schaffer, has been alleged to be a sexual predator and has been indicted in New York and New Jersey on charges of child exploitation. We believe there are more victims in the metropolitan area and we ask that they come forward," said James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of HSI New York. "The widespread availability of the Internet has facilitated predators who seek to prey on our children. These indictments underscore HSI's commitment to work with our law enforcement partners to seek out individuals who use technology in an effort to sexually exploit innocent children."

According to court documents from the Eastern District of New York, in March 2012 Schaffer allegedly answered a craigslist posting by another victim, a female, who was seeking afterschool and weekend employment. Schaffer lied and told this victim via email that he owned several businesses at the Newport Mall in Jersey City, N.J., and was looking for part time help in these stores.

Schaffer requested information from the victim as part of the "application process," to include her age, what type of work she was interested in doing, her plans for college and requested a photograph for "security purposes." The victim responded via email and told Schaffer that she was 15-years-old, was interested in business management, culinary arts and photography. Schaffer responded that he might have something that might fit in with what she wanted to study.

The victim and a friend traveled from Brooklyn to Schaffer's office in Jersey City March 17, 2012. Schaffer took the victim into a private office area and closed the door. During the meeting, Schaffer told the victim she would need working papers and a physical examination to work in New Jersey. Schaffer gave the victim paperwork for her great grandmother to sign – as the victim's guardian – and return the next day alone for her first day of work.

The victim again traveled from her home in Brooklyn to Schaffer's office in New Jersey March 18, 2012. During the meeting, Schaffer asked the victim to sign a confidentiality agreement and an employment contract.

After the victim signed the paperwork, Schaffer told her she had agreed to engage in sexual intercourse with him. Schaffer had the victim try on "outfits" for him, which included a bathing suit. Schaffer told the victim that if the job was important to her, she would try on the bathing suit. He then took photographs of her. Schaffer subsequently removed his pants and revealed he was wearing a Speedo bathing suit himself. Schaffer told the victim he wanted to photograph them both together.

At this point, the victim told Schaffer she did not feel comfortable and asked if she could get out of the contract. Schaffer threatened to sue her great grandmother for breach of contract. Schaffer then engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim in his office.

Afterwards, Schaffer told the victim that he would remove the sex part of the contract and asked her not to speak to anyone about their sexual encounter because that would be a breach of their confidentiality agreement.

HSI special agents executed a search warrant of Schaffer's office and recovered: a laptop computer, video camera, large computer monitor, condoms, sex paraphernalia, employment applications, computer printed photographs of teenage girls wearing bathing suits or naked and a document titled, "Sex Contract."

HSI is urging anyone who may have further information – or has had contact with Schaffer – to come forward and contact HSI New York at 646-313-4380.

This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.