TRENTON, N.J. – A former South Plainfield police captain was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for exploiting a minor girl by enticing her to live-stream sexually explicit acts via the Internet in exchange for payment, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Michael Grennier, 52, of South Plainfield, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with one count of production of child pornography. Grennier was charged by complaint on Feb. 19, 2013, and has been in custody since that date. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Feb. 14, 2013, Grennier enticed a girl to perform sexually explicit acts and stream images of herself over the Internet while he watched remotely from his home computer. During the webcam session, Grennier exchanged text messages with the minor in which he directed her actions. Grennier admitted during his guilty plea proceeding that he promised to buy his victim clothing in exchange for her performance.
At the time of his arrest, Grennier was working for a private computer forensics firm. Prior to his retirement, he was a computer forensics specialist for the South Plainfield Police Department.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Grennier to serve lifetime supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a later date. Grennier will also be required to register as a sex offender… via USDOJ: US Attorney’s Office – District of New Jersey.
And before that, a Feb. 2014 Star-Ledger article stated:
Michael Grennier’s resume makes him seem like a good role model and a better cop.
The 25-year South Plainfield police veteran was twice honored as the town’s “Officer Of The Year,” considered for an international police award and credited with aiding in the takedown of an global hacker’s collective in the 1980s. He also served as the head of the department’s D.A.R.E. unit, according to the local paper.
But federal prosecutors contend the veteran cop had another side. In a criminal complaint released Tuesday, Grennier was charged with paying a young girl to engage in sex acts for “several” years.
Dueling portraits of Grennier emerged Wednesday as South Plainfield officials continued to reel from the revelation that one of their own could spend time in federal prison.
“Everybody is in a state of shock,” Police Chief James Parker said. “Our hearts go out to the families and the victims.”
Grennier, 50, remained in federal custody Wednesday on charges that he paid the girl for pictures of herself naked, and on one occasion, gaver her and a second victim $500 to engage in sex acts in a hotel room, according to the complaint. Grennier allegedly watched the encounter on a webcam.
Investigators searched the victim’s home Friday, and Grennier was arrested hours later. Text messages in the complaint show Grennier had lurid conversations with the girl as recently as Feb. 15.
A complaint was made to South Plainfield police against Grennier at the end of 2012 and was referred to federal prosecutors, according to Parker, who declined to comment further on the investigation.
In South Plainfield, officials were trying to reconcile the glowing portrait of Grennier painted in a 2006 article about his retirement with the one prosecutors drew. Grennier was regarded inside the department as the man who brought the agency into the technology age, and outside as a coach and member of a well-known family, neighbors and officials and neighbors said.
Grennier’s mother is the publisher and owner of the South Plainfield Observer, the town’s weekly newspaper which praised the veteran cop in the 2006 article, said Mayor Matthew Anesh. No one answered the door at Grennier’s home Wednesday, and calls to the newspaper were not returned.
Grennier is married with two sons, according to Parker, who contended the 50-year-old did not lead the D.A.R.E. program as the Observer reported. Parker and Anesh said Grennier worked mostly on the department’s computer software and kept to himself. Along the cul-de-sac where Grennier’s two-story home sits, most neighbors declined to comment.
One man, speaking anonymously, said the Grenniers lived on the block for 16 years and were considered community leaders. “It’s a well-respected family in town,” he said….
Model officer nominated for awards but he was a computer nerd who kept to himself? Whatever, they must have a low bar for awards in South PLainfield.
So lets shine a bit of a light on this fat asshole and, unfortunately his family, only to the extent that the good folks on NJ are subsidizing the degenerate. Pervert Mike (and family) are all suckling at the public teat, and have been for decades. Mike Grennier retired from So Plainfield PD in 2007, and in his past year he rec’d a salary of $122,599. According to public records he is now receiving an annual pension of $83,639, that the folks of NJ are paying for.
$84,000 year in pension – plus fat medical subsidy I am quite sure all provided by the taxpayers. Not bad, especially considering he took a job upon retirement with (you can’t make this up) an internet security firm IGC, Inc. as a forensic investigator. Based upon the splash page at te IGC website, it seems they did now know about Grennier’s extracurricular Skype-life:
Mike Grennier’s salary at IGC, Inc. is unknown, but this is screen shot of him at work was available from public sources:
Safe to say that Captain Chicken Choker here was cashing out a value (public pension, benefits and plus private salary) that may have approximated $200k+ before he was collared…
Mike and his wife were also bringing in another $46,500/year of public salary due to wife Carol Grennier’s job with South Plainfield. I.e.:
Pervert Mike’s poor dad – Wayne F. Grennier – was a public employee, worked for NJDEP (?) Office of Records Custodian, made about $77k/yr to retirement in 2012, receives about $12k/tear in public pension money. His poor mother, interestingly enough, is Nancy A. Grennier who is listed as the owner of the local news-rag South Plainfield Observer which – near as I can tell – has not reported any of the facts regarding Michale or the family’s years on the public teat.
With a paid circulation of 2679, assuming a subscription price of $30/each, this useless fish wrap has gross revenues of about $80,000 /year plus what it rakes in on advertising.
…. there you go South Plainfield – your dollars hard at work for you. This asshole is still collecting his pension.