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NJ Man Accused of Posing as Navy SEAL, Sexually Assaulting Young Girls

Gregory Schaffer, of Bayonne, is being held on aggravated sexual assault and other charges

Wednesday, May 29, 2013  |  Updated 1:13 PM EDT
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NJ Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Young Girls

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A 34-year-old New Jersey man who prosecutors say at times posed as a Navy SEAL has been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls, one of them multiple times, and possessing sexually explicit video of his victims.

Between 2005 and 2010, prosecutors allege Gregory Schaffer, of Bayonne, impersonated an array of authority figures, including a Navy SEAL, talent scout, swim instructor and IT specialist, on various social media sites to initiate communication with his victims and to later entice them to meet him in person.

Schaffer allegedly sexually assaulted one girl when she was about 8 years old and then again when she was 11. The latter assault was recorded on video. He's also accused of sexually assaulting a second girl, age 12, in 2008. Law enforcement authorities recovered naked footage of the second victim, as well as the video of the first.

A grand jury indicted Schaffer on charges of aggravated sexual assault, making terroristic threats and endangering the welfare of a child, among other crimes. He's being held in federal custody on those and other charges, prosecutors said. 

According to NJ.com, Schaffer was accused last year of luring a 15-year-old girl to his Jersey City office under the pretense of offering her summer work and raping her.

Police believe there may be other victims and ask anyone with information related to the case to call the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit at (201) 915-1234 or Homeland Security Investigations/New York Child Exploitation Group at (646) 313-4380. 

Authorities say Schaffer also used the alias John Archambeault.

Information on an attorney for Schaffer wasn't immediately available. 

 

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