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NJ.com has reported that a twenty-four year old male from Princeton Township was charged with not only possessing but distributing child pornography last Tuesday. Based on the reports, it appears that authorities from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office were first tipped off about the Defendant’s alleged conduct by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. After investigating the tip, the authorities learned that the “sharing” of the pornography was coming from an IP address in Princeton. It is unclear at this point in time what specifically revealed to authorities that the Defendant was their suspect as an IP address only indicates where the images were being “shared” from.
The Defendant was taken into custody in Princeton and transported to the Mercer County jail. At the Defendant’s Central Judicial Processing Hearing (CJP), the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office filed for a Detention Hearing. During this hearing the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office will be seeking to convince a judge that the Defendant must be detained in the Mercer County jail pending trial, without bail. With that being said, it has also been reported that the Defendant is not a citizen and that an ICE detainer has been logged against him. That means that regardless of what occurs at the Detention Hearing, the Defendant will be held without bail on the ICE Detainer.
Charged with Distributing Child Pornography in Mercer County?
It should not be a surprise to hear that New Jersey takes child pornography possession let alone child pornography distribution charges very seriously. Anyone charged with distributing child pornography will be facing a second degree indictable offense. If convicted, a Defendant would be facing anywhere from five to ten years in a State Prison and a fine up to $150,000. In addition, a Defendant would also be required to register under Megan’s Law and be on Parole Supervision for Life. For more information on child pornography distribution charges in Mercer County, please click the link.
Need Attorney for Child Pornography Possession Charge in Trenton
If you have been placed under arrest and charged with a serious sex crime like possession of child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal sexual contact, luring or sexual assault in Mercer County, we strongly urge that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The potential penalties, including the collateral penalties like Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life can be absolutely crippling. If you have unfortunately found yourself in this type of situation in Mercer County, in towns like Hightstown, West Windsor, Hamilton, Trenton, Ewing, Robbinsville, East Windsor or Princeton and would like to speak to one of our attorneys today, then please contact our office at 609-789-0779. Our initial consultations are always free of costs, so if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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For more information on this incident, please checkout Nj.com’s article Tip to cops leads to arrest of Princeton man on child porn charges