Former Assemblyman Faces Additional Child Porn Charge

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TRENTON – Former New Jersey Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen was charged with an additional count of possession of child pornography today, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced.

The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a superseding indictment that charges Cohen, 58, with a new count of fourth-degree possession of child pornography in connection with multiple images of child pornography he allegedly possessed on a computer seized from his law office in Montclair, according to Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni.

The new indictment replaces the Dec. 17, 2008 indictment which charged Cohen for child pornography found in the 20th Legislative District office in Union Township. The superseding indictment repeats all four counts of the prior indictment, charging him with official misconduct (2nd degree), reproduction of child pornography (2nd degree), distribution of child pornography (2nd degree), and possession of child pornography (4th degree).

The indictment alleges that Cohen used one or more computers in the 20th Legislative District office to view child pornography consisting of multiple images of underage girls engaged in sexual acts or simulated sexual acts, or depicted in the nude for the purpose of sexual gratification of viewers. Cohen allegedly used a printer in the office to reproduce copies of the child pornography, which he left around where anyone in the office could find and view them.

The longtime Democratic lawmaker resigned from office after the investigation was made public last summer.


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