TRENTON—An Elizabeth man has been charged in a state grand jury indictment for the alleged distribution of child pornography over the internet, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced.
The defendant was among more than three dozen people arrested in September and October 2007 as part of “Operation Silent Shield,” an investigation that targeted offenders who distributed known images and videos of child pornography online.
Bilal A. Assayyid, a.k.a. Rodney A. Smythe, 35, of Elizabeth, was charged on Dec. 9 with two counts of second-degree distribution of child pornography and one count of fourth-degree possession of child pornography, according to Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni.
The indictment alleges that on July 26, 2007, Assayid knowingly offered child pornography for distribution over the internet. It is alleged that between July 26 and Sept. 26, 2007, Assayyid knowingly used 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. Assayyid was arrested on Sept. 26, 2007 and is free on bail.
The Digital Technology Investigation Unit of the New Jersey State Police conducted the investigation. Deputy Attorney General Andrew C. Fried presented the case to the grand jury.
Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine, while fourth-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. The indictments are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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