Earlier this year, the 36-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to charges of knowingly receiving images of child pornography over the Internet. According to prosecutors, the suspect admitted to having downloaded hundreds of illicit sexual images on a computer at his residence.
Court documents released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed that the suspect used a peer-to-peer file sharing network to download the child pornography.
Additionally, the suspect allegedly admitted to being in possession of more than 600 images of child sexual abuse on personal computers and USB drives. During an investigation into the suspect, police seized the evidence from the suspect’s residence in Boonton Township, New Jersey.
The sex crime carries severe penalties. The suspect recently appeared in U.S. District Court in Newark New Jersey for a sentencing hearing. The district court judge sentenced the suspect to serve 5 years in federal prison for his sex offense. The maximum possible penalty in the case was 20 years in prison.
In addition to prison time, the suspect will be required to serve 10 years of supervised release after his prison term ends. This will probably include Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements.
When the suspect was placed under arrest, police officers seized a semiautomatic assault rifle, 20,000 rounds of ammunition, ammunition magazines, and body armor. However, the suspect was not charged with any weapons offenses in the case.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man Who Had 600 Pictures of Child Sex Abuse Sentenced to 5 Years.”