Eight year prison sentence handed down for former Essex County teacher convicted on child porn charges

A former 7th grade teacher from Essex County who plead guilty to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography was sentenced in August to 97 months in federal prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. The defendant used peer-to-peer file sharing software to upload and receive illicit images and videos, including some materials depicting very young children and violent sexual abuse.

 

Internet child pornography charges can be very severe, with penalties including jail time, fines, and registration as a sex offender. Under New Jersey law, distributing and creating child pornography are both second degree crimes, carrying a penalty of 5 to 10 years for each count as well as fines as high as $250,000. The possession of child pornography, or even just knowingly viewing it, is a fourth degree crime punishable by up to 18 months in jail.

 

Internet child pornography charges almost always implicate federal as well as New Jersey law, and under federal child pornography laws, the penalty for creating, distributing, possessing, or viewing child pornography is 5 to 20 years in prison.

 

If you’ve been arrested on internet child pornography charges and need a lawyer to defend you, contact me, Anthony N. Palumbo, at 1-866-664-8118 to schedule a free initial consultation. With more than 35 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, I can advise you of the penalties you face, possible defenses, and the best course of action to take going forward.