Essex County doctor admits to child pornography charges

As reported by the New Jersey Star-Ledger, an Essex County doctor recently admitted to receiving and distributing more than 200 images and videos of highly graphic child pornography. The doctor pled guilty to one count of receipt and distribution in federal court.

Under federal child pornography laws, a person who creates, distributes, possesses, or views child pornography will be sentenced to at least 5 but no more than 20 years in prison. If the person has a criminal record including certain sex offenses, however, the sentence is increased to at least 15 but no more than 40 years.

Child pornography is also illegal under state law. Distributing child pornography is considered a second degree crime in New Jersey, subject to a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison, and the possession of child pornography is a fourth degree crime, subject to a sentence of up to 18 months imprisonment.

If you’ve been charged with a child pornography crime, you could be facing serious penalties if you don’t have strong legal representation of your own. 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 the law firm Palumbo & Renaud at 1-866-664-8118 or through this online form.

 


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.

 

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.