Highland Park Man Sentenced To Prison For Child Porn Posession

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NEWARK – A Highland Park man who admitted collecting sexually explicit images of children on DVDs he purchased from Japan and by downloading them from the Internet was sentenced to 36 months in prison Thursday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Hakan Pekcan, 49, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge José L. Linares to one count of possession of child pornography. Linares imposed the sentence on Feb. 9 in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Pekcan admitted to possessing on computers, hard drives and storage disks in his home illegal images and videos of children. Federal law enforcement officers seized several hard drives and hundreds of DVDs during a search of his residence in July 2010. Pekcan acknowledged that some of the images and videos depicted prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

As part of his guilty plea, Pekcan agreed to forfeit computers and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense.

In addition to the prison term, Linares sentenced Pekcan to five years supervised release, fined him $10,000 and ordered him to pay restitution of $3,500.

Fishman credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett in Newark, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.


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