CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man beneath investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Workplace for youngster pornography-related offenses was indicted right this moment for allegedly paying $20,000 in bitcoin to have the 14-year previous youngster sufferer murdered, Appearing U.S. Lawyer Rachael A. Honig introduced.
John Michael Musbach, 31, of Haddonfield, was charged by indictment with one rely of murder-for-hire and might be scheduled for an arraignment at a later date.
In line with paperwork filed on this case, and statements made in courtroom:
In the summertime of 2015, Musbach started speaking through an Web Relay Chat (IRC) web site along with his sufferer, who was 13 years previous on the time. Musbach started utilizing these IRC conversations to request and obtain sexually express movies and images of the minor sufferer and to ship to the sufferer sexually express movies and images of himself.
In September 2015, the sufferer’s mother and father found the character of Musbach’s communications with the sufferer and notified native regulation enforcement officers within the State of New York, the place the sufferer resided. Officers started investigating Musbach’s conduct and referred to as Musbach to inform him that he was beneath investigation for his on-line sexual contact with the sufferer and that he was to steer clear of the sufferer. Upon figuring out Musbach as a resident of Atlantic County, New Jersey, New York regulation enforcement officers reached out to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Workplace (ACPO), which continued the investigation.
On March 31, 2016, officers from the ACPO arrested Musbach on youngster pornography costs and executed a search warrant at his residence, then in Galloway, New Jersey. Regulation enforcement officers seized Musbach’s mobile phone and his enterprise. Musbach admitted to having despatched sexually express pictures and movies of himself to the sufferer and having requested and acquired sexually express pictures and movies from the sufferer, all whereas realizing that the sufferer was 13-years previous.
On Oct. 11, 2017, Musbach pleaded responsible to endangering the welfare of a kid (the sufferer) by sexual contact and was sentenced on Feb. 9, 2018, by a New Jersey Superior Courtroom Choose, to a two-year suspended sentence with parole supervision for all times.
In 2019, a cooperating informant started offering regulation enforcement with messages between Musbach and a murder-for-hire web site, which operated on the darkish web, and which purported to supply contract killings or different acts of violence in return for fee in cryptocurrency.
These messages revealed that in Could 2016, Musbach tried to rearrange a murder-for-hire by way of the web site. He requested if a 14-year-old was too younger to focus on, and upon listening to that the age was not an issue, paid roughly 40 bitcoin (roughly $20,000) for the hit. Musbach repeatedly messaged the web site’s administrator following up on the hit and asking when it will happen. When pressed for a further $5,000 to safe the hit, Musbach finally sought to cancel and requested for a refund of his $20,000. The web site’s administrator then revealed that the web site was a rip-off and threatened to disclose Musbach’s data to regulation enforcement.
Brokers have been in a position to affirm Musbach’s identification by way of a number of means, together with linking him to the identical display screen title he used to speak with the murder-for-hire web site and likewise by tracing the circulate of monies from Musbach’s checking account to the acquisition of bitcoin used to pay for the hit.
The cost of use of interstate commerce amenities within the fee of murder-for-hire is punishable by a most potential penalty of 10 years in jail and a high-quality of the better of $250,000, twice the gross earnings to Musbach or twice the gross losses to the sufferer of his offense.
Appearing U.S. Lawyer Honig credited particular brokers of Homeland Safety Investigations, in Newark, beneath the route of Particular Agent in Cost Jason Molina, and in St. Paul, Minnesota, beneath the route of Particular Agent in Cost Tracy Cormier, with the investigation. She additionally thanked the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Workplace for its help.
The federal government is represented by Assistant U.S. Lawyer Diana Vondra Carrig in Camden.
The cost and allegations within the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed harmless until and till confirmed responsible.
Protection counsel: Rocco C. Cipparone, Jr., Esquire, of Haddon Heights, NJ.