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Man admits sending images of child sexual abuse

This news story was published on January 14, 2014.
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NEWARK – A Union County, New Jersey man today admitted distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Andrew Johnson, 30, of Cranford, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography.

According to documents filed in the case and statements in court:

Johnson admitted that on December 7, 2012, he made available for others to download via an online peer-to-peer file sharing network images and videos of child pornography that were stored on his home computer. An undercover law enforcement agent successfully downloaded from Johnson one image and 14 videos of child pornography via the file sharing network.

As part of his guilty plea, Johnson agreed to forfeit the computers and computer accessories he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The count of distributing child pornography to which Johnson pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for April 22, 2014.

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