Possessing or distributing child pornography is a serious criminal offense in the United States. Individuals accused and convicted of possession child pornography can face serious criminal consequences, including long prison sentences. In addition, people charged with a sex crimes involving child pornography are also classified as sex offenders, a classification that can have incredibly serious, life-long consequences.
A 35-year-old New Jersey resident was arrested recently for possessing child pornography. The man works for schools in Monmouth County as an information technology technician. He is also a volunteer at schools in Ocean County where he is an assistant marching band director. According to Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, the arrest of the Jackson Township man followed a two-month long criminal investigation.
Investigators claim that the school worker not only possessed thousands of child pornography files on his personal computer, but that he also manufactured and traded in child pornography. Authorities reportedly apprehended the man at his home where he is accused of trying to fight with police. He is currently at the Ocean County Jail being held on $100,000 bail. Law enforcement is continuing to investigate the matter.
Individuals convicted of sex crimes involving children face difficult challenges. In addition to jail time and fines, convicted sex offenders are required to register with a state and federal sex offender registry. There are also limitations on where and with whom sex offenders can work. Because of the sheer gravity of the penalties it is vital that individuals accused of such sex crimes speak with a defense attorney immediately.
Source: ABC 6, "New Jersey school worker arrested for child porn," Sept 27, 2013