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Somerset County man sentenced to 108 months in prison for traveling to foreign country to engage in criminal sexual conduct

NEWARK, NJ (Essex County) – A Somerset County man has been sentenced to 108 months in prison for traveling to the Philippines to engage in sex with a minor, according to acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

James A. Diggs, 45, of Somerville previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with foreign travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, Honig said.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, in October 2018, Diggs traveled to the Philippines to meet and engage in sexual activity with a minor in exchange for money and gifts, knowing the victim was a minor.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Diggs to five years of supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender, Honig said.

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Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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