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New Jersey Man Admits To Child Porn, Luring Boy For Sex

Authorities: Robert Mucha Also Admitted To Obsession With Child Cannibalism
Robert Mucha (credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement )

Robert Mucha (credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement )

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former New Jersey band teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to downloading child pornography and luring a teenage boy to his apartment for sex.

Robert Mucha, 57, of Newton, N.J., was charged last year with possession of child pornography and enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The charges were part of an international child pornography probe that resulted in numerous arrests worldwide, led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE).

Mucha was arrested at his home in July 2012, and was charged at the time with a single count of possessing child pornography, authorities said.

According to court documents, using Yahoo Messenger, Mucha talked regularly with a number of individuals who shared his sexual fascination with child cannibalism, authorities said.

Among Mucha’s chat partners was Michael D. Arnett, who was also charged with production of child pornography by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas, authorities said.

Mucha and Arnett discussed their mutual interest in kidnapping, raping and eating children on several occasions, authorities said.

According to court documents, the men discussed, in vivid and often gruesome detail, among other things, penetrative sex with infants, child bestiality, parent-on-child rape, strangulation of toddlers, and eroticized child cannibalism.

Many of their communications focused on the cooking and eating of prepubescent boys, with a particular interest in how they might abduct the children, drug them, roast them and, ultimately, consume them, according to court documents.

According to authorities, In Oct. 2010, Mucha convinced a 15-year-old boy to travel from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to spend the day with him and then sleep over at Mucha’s apartment in Stroudsburg, Pa.

After he was arrested in July, authorities said Mucha admitted to sexual contact with the teenager.

After his arrest, Mucha also admitted his interest in eroticized child cannibalism, authorities said.

Prior to his arrest, Mucha worked as a volunteer emergency medical technician in Andover, N.J. He also previously taught band and Bugle Corps to teenagers in Belleville and Lakewood, N.J.

In a statement after his arrest, Mucha also admitted that over the course of his life he has touched hundreds of boys for his own sexual gratification, authorities said.

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