U.S. District Court Judge Faith Hochberg in Newark ordered Carl Tullis to serve a term of 121 months, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.
An undercover FBI agent successfully downloaded from Tullis multiple images and videos of child sexual abuse via the file sharing network, Fishman said.
Investigators subsequently searched Tullis's computers and found 1,634 images of children being sexually abused, and 1,420 videos of children being sexual abused, including sadistic, masochistic activity, and bestiality, authorities said. Tullis also had images involving infants, they said.
Hochberg also ordered Tullis to surrender all of his computers and computer accessories used in the crimes, and ordered that he register as a sex offender, Fishman said. He said Tullis must also pay $8,000 in restitution to each of two victims who were in the images found on his computer. Once released from prison, Tullis will be under supervised release for five years, authorities said.
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Stanley Zdon III, 28, was sentenced for conspiracy to produce child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The sentencing also includes supervised release for life and registering as a sex offender.
In November 2013, the Ocean County High Tech Crime Unit and the U.S. Postal Service searched Zdon’s Tuckerton home for evidence of production, distribution and possession of child pornography, turning up more than 300 different graphic movie files of children involved in sexual acts, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Zdon had uploaded the movies to a child pornography website he created, the prosecutor’s office said.
Zdon was one of 14 people charged in one of the “largest online child exploitation investigations” in history, authorities said in March. Most of the victims were 13- to 15-year old boys, authorities said.
Zdon has been held in a Louisiana jail since his arrest, authorities said.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative aimed at combating child sexual exploitation and abuse, authorities said.
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Just after sunrise on May 7, 2013, investigators from the prosecutor's office's High Tech Crime Unit and Lakehurst Police Department, with assistance from the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, executed a search warrant of the Lakehurst home of Michael Allen, now 27.
The search was the product of a two-month long investigation conducted during the spring of 2013 that was launched after a referral from the National Center for Mission & Exploited Children to New Jersey's Crimes Against Children Task Force pertaining to the online distribution of child pornography, authorities said.
The search resulted in the recovery of 26 items of digital evidence, Allen's computer, multiple electronic storage devices and over 5000 graphic images depicting children being sexually assaulted, the prosecutor's office said.
Allen was taken into custody and charged with two counts of second-degree distribution of child pornography. Judge Damian Murray set Allen's bail at $100,000 bail with no 10-percent option, which Allen posted and was then released.
On Monday, Allen pleaded guilty to the charge of second-degree distribution of child pornography before Ocean County Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson, Jr.
He could be sentenced to six years in a New Jersey state prison and mandatory Megan's Law registration.
His sentencing is pending an Avenel evaluation. Psychological evaluation.
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Roberto Arreola-Ramirez, 33, pleaded guilty on Oct. 31, 2013 to charges of second-degree distribution of child pornography and fourth-degree possession of child pornography.
Investigators said Arreola-Ramirez admitted using Internet file-sharing software to make files containing child pornography readily available for any other user to download from a designated “shared folder” on his computer.
A forensic review of Arreola-Ramirez’s computer revealed hundreds of files containing images and videos of child pornography, authorities said.
Arreola-Ramirez was investigated and prosecuted by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the distribution of child pornography on the Internet to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.
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