Law enforcement officials took into custody on Dec. 22 a 63-year-old man accused of dealing in child pornography. The accused individual is from Rockaway, according to authorities.
A sex crimes/child endangerment unit within the Morris County Prosecutor's Office reportedly began investigating the Rockaway man after receiving a tip forwarded by an agency associated with missing children. That was in 2011. The man was ultimately charged with a number of offenses, including distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
It is illegal to possess or distribute materials that portray individuals who are under the age of 18 in a sexual way. In New Jersey, people convicted on charges related to child pornography may face a minimum prison sentence of five years if it is their first offense and 10 years if they are repeat offenders. Additionally, people convicted on charges relating to producing child pornography are required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of their prison sentence. As a felonies, the prison sentences associated with these crimes are served among other felons unless specific exceptions are granted.
If individuals are accused of being involved in a crime as serious as possessing child pornography, a criminal defense attorney is essential, for the state prosecutes such offenses with tremendous resources and unabashed aggression. The attorney may counter prosecutors with a strong defense that contests the charges on multiple fronts and that, in essence, forces the state to defend weaknesses identified in its case. For, the prosecution of serious crimes that carry heavy penalties can ill afford questionable evidence and shoddy investigative work being exposed.
Source: NJ.com, Gov. Christie signs bill toughening N.J. child pornography laws, Brent Johnson, Aug. 12, 2013
Source: NJ.com, "Rockaway man distributed child porn, authorities say", Ben Horowitz, December 23, 2014