Arrest for Child Pornography in Bridgeton

A Bridgeton man was arrested last week for possession and distribution of child pornography in New Jersey, and he was also arrested for incidents of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child which occurred in close connection with the child pornography charges. The initial charges resulted from technology investigations allegedly demonstrating that the man both possessed and distributed child pornography. After this revelation, police set off on a separate investigation which led to charges of second degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after alleged sexual conduct with a victim less 12 years of age.

In order to be convicted of possession of child pornography, a person must knowingly possess or look at an image, film or photograph that shows a child in a prohibited sexual act or simulated act, including Internet viewing. It is a fourth degree crime, a conviction for possession of child pornography is carries penalties of up to 18 months in prison and fines of $10,000 in fines.

In order to be convicted of distribution of child pornography, it must be proved that a person: Received for the purpose of selling or knowingly sell, procure, manufacture, give, provide, lend, trade, mail, deliver, transfer, publish, distribute, circulate, disseminate, present, exhibit, advertise, offer or agree to offer, through any means, including the Internet, any photograph, film, videotape, computer program or file, video game or any other reproduction or reconstruction, showing a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act. Distribution of child pornography is a second degree crimes which carries penalties of 5 to 10 years in prison and pay up to $250,000 in fines.