Ex-Assemblyman’s Sentencing Postponed Again

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TRENTON – Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen pleaded guilty to viewing and printing child pornography images six months ago, but he is still awaiting his sentence. On Monday, Cohen’s sentencing was delayed because the judge handling the case was sick.

No new date was scheduled for the former lawmaker, who was originally set to be sentenced on July 12.

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Cohen pleaded guilty to child-porn charges on April 12, following months of negotiations on an agreement to avoid a public trial. Under the plea deal, Cohen faces up to five years in prison. In addition, he will be permanently barred from any public employment or elected office, and he will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

Cohen admitted to using a taxpayer-funded computer, at the Union Township legislative office he shared with Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, to view and print photos of an underage girl in various stages of nudity and placing the images in the desk of a female receptionist.

Cohen resigned from the Assembly in July 2008, ending a 17-year career in Trenton, and he was indicted five months later.


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