Newark New Jersey teacher charged with child porn possession and distribution

According to NJ.com, a Newark charter school teacher was arrested for the possession and distribution of child pornography after police found 20 sexually explicit videos at his home. The arrest followed a two-month investigation by the sheriff’s internet crime task force.

 

The penalties for child pornography offenses in New Jersey are severe. Distributing child pornography in any manner, including over the internet, is a second degree crime, subject to a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison, and the possession of child pornography—or even just knowingly viewing it—is a fourth degree crime subject to a sentence of up to 18 months in jail. It’s considered second degree child endangerment to create child pornography or to knowingly allow a child to engage in the creation of pornographic material, and a conviction carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison. The offense is upgraded to a first degree crime, with an increased sentence of 10 to 20 years, if the offender is the child’s parent or guardian, or has some other legal responsibility for the child.

 

In addition to these penalties, a conviction for internet child pornography will also trigger the sex offender registration and tracking requirements of New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

 

Prosecutors in New Jersey take an aggressive stance against child pornography offenses, so it’s important for defendants to have strong legal representation of their own. If you’ve been arrested for a child pornography offense, don’t wait until it’s too late to mount an effective legal  challenge in your case. To meet with an internet sex crimes lawyer for a free and confidential consultation, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo at 1-866-664-8118 or through this online form. As a former prosecutor and public defender with more than 35 years of experience, I know the tricks and tactics that the other side uses and the best strategies for protecting your rights. I will represent your interests aggressively and help to guide you through this difficult process.