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Hudson man who posed as Navy SEAL charged with making child porn videos

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Hudson County man who posed as a Navy SEAL, and then a Victoria’s Secret owner to get a gullible 15-year-old Brooklyn girl to pose for naked photos, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Newark today for producing and possessing images and videos of child pornography.

Gregory John Schaffer, 35, of Bayonne, already is facing federal charges in Brooklyn for “coercing and enticing a minor to travel for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity.”

When agents raided an office Schaffer was keeping in Jersey City — in the same building as a bail bondsman — they said, they found sex toys, handcuffs, condoms and photos of naked or swimsuit-clad teen girls.

A married father, Schaffer, 34, found the victim on craigslist, where she’d posted an ad seeking a job during the summer or after school.

Authorities said  he got her to send him a photo, the conned her into coming to the office alone after she first brought a friend. He told her he owned a Victoria’s Secret at Newport Centre Mall, along with three other stores there, then convinced the girl to sign an employment contract and confidentiality agreement, court documents show.

He then told the unwitting teen that she’d just agreed in writing to have sex with him, a complaint on file in U.S. District Court alleges.

Agents said Schaffer — who also goes by the name John Archambeault — then threatened to tell authorities her boyfriend had sex with an underaged girl and sue her great-grandmother (her legal guardian) if she refused.

After capturing images of the girl in lingerie and a bathing suit — while he was wearing a Speedo — Schaffer forced her to  have sex with him on a desk, then swore her to secrecy, they said. But she told her boyfriend, who went to authorities.

Agents described Schaffer as a transient with a prison record for theft and several lawsuits against him.

He also posed on a dating site in a Navy uniform, claiming to be a former SEAL. But he was quickly busted by Don Shipley, who makes it his business to take down military service imposters.

Schaffer continues to be held in federal custody without bail.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman credited special agents of the New York field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations with the investigation leading to today’s indictment.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth M. Harris of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

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