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Dramatist Who Bragged Of Sharing 11 Year Old Boy Steps Has Been Freed From SDNY To NJ Home

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 6 – A thirty year old man accused by the government of distributing pornographic images of infants and bragging that he was grooming an 11 year old boy is taking steps to be freed on bond to his mother's house in New Jersey. On June 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York's Magistrates Court with Inner City Press the only media present, Pivnick was led out of the cell block to to the office on the side of the Magistrates Court.

  Pivnick on June 5 emerged with a piece of paper, and a smile. The docket, however, showed nothing. It was unclear if Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein, in charge of Mag Court this week, was aware or has any power over these steps right through his courtroom, in which he ordered detained a resident of a Harlem housing project for running away with a gun.

 On June 6, this appeared in the docket: "AGREEMENT TO FORFEIT REAL PROPERTY by Bryan Pivnick. Personal Recognizance Bond in the amount of $ 500,000 PRB, 2 FRP'S; Secured by Property: Parents's Residence; Travel Limited to SDNY/EDNY and District of New Jersey; Surrender Travel Documents (& No New Applications); Pretrial Supervision As Directed by PTS; Drug Testing/Treatment As Directed by PTS; Mental Health Evaluation/Treatment As Directed by PTS; Home Incarceration; GPS; Deft Not to Possess Firearm/Destructive Device/Other Weapon; Deft to Be Detained Until All Conditions Are Met; Deft Not to Access the Internet or Possess Internet-Capable Devices; Deft Not Permitted to Use Computer; Deft to Reside at his Parents' Residence in NJ; Deft to Have No Contact with Alleged Victims or Witnesses (Including 11 Year Old Found in his Apartment or Partner); Deft to Have No Contact with Minors; Deft Not to Receive, Possess, or Distribute Child Pornography, Including But Not Limited to Images or Videos Depicting Minors in the Nude and/or Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Acts or Positions; Deft Not to Frequent or Loiter in Areas Where Children Congregate; Deft's Mother to Serve As 3rd Party Custodian; Deft's Parents to Password Protect All Internet-Accessible Devices and Certify As Such to PTS (dif)."

  Inner City Press, which said it would follow this case and is despite needlessly locked doors, asked if Pivnick has been released and was told: Yes. We'll have more on this.

The terms for release were decided late on May 30 in the Magistrates Court, also with Inner City Press the only media present. See also Patreon.

  On May 30 Bryan Pivnick was brought in foot shackles before SDNY Magistrate Judge James L. Cott after 6 pm. Assistant US Attorney Thomas Wright, who later confirmed the spelling of Pivnick's name to Inner City Press, argued for detention.

  He described Telegram messages on February 10, 2019 in which Pivnick said he was "getting close to the 11 y/o bro" of his boyfriend. The same 11 year old was found in Pivnick's apartment when he was arrested.

  Now on May 31, with requests to various authorities unanswered, there is this from the now public complaint: Bryan Pivnick is also known as "magnapraeda." FBI Agent Matthew Deragon swore, before Judge Cott agreed to free Pivnick, that he had found on Pivnick's cell phone images of penetrated infants in diapers, also a male child one to three years old.

  The full quote alluded to on May 30: "I'm trying to get close to a buddy's 11yo bro [devil emoji]." He then told another now incarcerated "User-2" that "I'd love to share." They confirm Pivnick lived in Manhattan - see Patreon.

  Pivnick's Federal Defenders lawyer Philip Weinstein protested that the 11 year old is the son of Pivnick's boyfriend and that the photos were not naked - they were at a museum. "The SPY museum," Pivnick audibly said.

  Pivnick's mother and step-father were in the gallery. When Pivnick was brought in his mother cried and left courtroom. Later she spoke up to tell Judge Cott that her home in New Jersey has "Raid security" which can film whomever approaches it.

   Judge Cott said he would take a recess to decide. But before that happened, none other than the mother of the 11 year told, a Ms. Chapman, spoke up from the gallery. She said that while she will never again allow her son to see Pivnick, they had shared a dog together, that she had paid for.

  She objected to AUSA Wright saying Pivnick doesn't have steady work, noting that he works 11 hours a day on a musical, albeit not for money.

  While Cott and his Deputy Mr. Tan never read out the index number of the case, online research by Inner City Press finds a Bryan Pivnick who is described in Marymount Manhattan Magazine in 2010-11: "Early this spring semester, Bryan Pivnick ’11 brought the beginnings of a song to class. He wasn’t sure where he was going with it, but wanted to get some feedback to help guide him. Students reacted with confusion to his phrasing and were unsatisfied with his rhyme schemes. In a previous class, Pivnick, a theatre arts major, had received favorable responses from the class when he shared a song from a separate project, a developing musical in which he had provided the class with clear characters and context for the direction those songs were taking."

  Bryan Pivnick in Harrison, New Jersey (another address is in Freehold, NJ) also registered with GoDaddy a website named  It is not live. An address on the Upper West Side is also listed but no longer seems relevant for this format. (But see Patreon, here.)

   Cott emerged and said that, unlike a homeless man less than an hour later whom he remanded to the MCC for online threats to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, of whom Pre Trial Services noted "ties to Nigeria," Pivnick could be freed. His mother will put up her home and agree to have her computer and other electronics password protected. Pivnick is not to see the boyfriend, who is now a witness. In the back of the Mag Court, Ms. Chapman was discussing what was on Pivnick's phone. Then the homeless man was remanded, his bond application denied.

The next hearing for Pivnick is July 1.  Inner City Press and @SDNYLIVE will be there.


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