Former Roselle Park Police Sgt. Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Possession

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TRENTON – A former Roselle Park police sergeant pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography, admitting he had acquired approximately 1,000 criminal images, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Ronald Scull, 66, of Roselle Park, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Joel Pisano to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21.

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According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Scull’s guilty plea proceeding:

From 1969 to 1999, Scull was employed as an officer, and later a sergeant, with the Roselle Park Police Department. In 1999, Scull signed a voluntary separation agreement with the Roselle Park Police Department. Thereafter, he obtained a position with the Springfield, New Jersey Police Department as a volunteer, auxiliary officer, ultimately resigning after a federal search
warrant was executed at his home on Aug. 13, 2009.

Law enforcement officers seized several computer hard drives, which contained approximately 1,000 images of child pornography, including multiple images of prepubescent minors. Scull admitted to regularly searching the Internet for images of child pornography using sexually suggestive terms and saving those images to his computer hard drives for his sexual gratification.

At sentencing, Scull faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Fishman credited the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation of this case.


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