Former child protection caseworker pleads guilty in child pornography case

A former caseworker for New Jersey’s child protection agency admitted to producing child pornography, according to federal authorities.

The caseworker, Kayan Frazier, pleaded guilty Thursday via video conference in federal court to one count of sexual exploitation of a child, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said in a press release. He’s been in custody since his arrest in July 2019.

The crime occurred between March 2017 and April 2019 and involved an underage boy, according to the charging document. It states that Frazier, 28, “did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice or coerce” the victim to “engage in sexually explicit conduct.”

Authorities began investigating after they received a report that child sexual abuse images were being distributed on Tumblr. Law enforcement identified the sender as Frazier, who at the time was a caseworker for New Jersey’s Department of Child Protection and Permanency.

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