TRENTON – A jury convicted a Holmdel man of distributing child pornography over the internet, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced today. The defendant was among more than three dozen people arrested in 2007 as part of “Operation Silent Shield,” an investigation by the New Jersey State Police that targeted offenders who distributed child pornography online.
John A. Dziegiel, 59, was convicted late yesterday afternoon by a Monmouth County jury of two counts of second-degree distribution of child pornography and one count of fourth-degree possession of child pornography following a three-week trial before Superior Court Judge Richard W. English.
The jury found by its verdict that Dziegiel knowingly used internet file sharing software to make multiple files containing child pornography readily available for any other user to download from a designated “shared folder” on his computer between July and September 2007. On Sept. 27, 2007, members of the New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant at Dziegiel’s home and seized his computer, which contained hundreds of files of child pornography.
“Each person who views and shares computer files of child pornography supports and perpetuates the victimization of the children who are tortured to create these loathsome materials,” said Chiesa. “These are not victimless crimes. In fact, the victims of these crimes are among our most vulnerable, and we want offenders to know that we have detectives patrolling the Internet who will uncover and arrest them. As this verdict demonstrates, we are prepared to prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”
“In 2010, we secured a landmark ruling from the Appellate Division of State Superior Court affirming that a defendant can be convicted of distribution of child pornography for knowingly storing images in a peer-to-peer file sharing network on the Internet,” said Stephen J. Taylor, Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Armed with that decision, we will continue to partner with the State Police and other law enforcement agencies to aggressively prosecute those who use the Internet to distribute images of children being exploited in this horrendous manner.”
English scheduled sentencing for Dziegiel for June 22. He set bail at $50,000 for Dziegiel pending sentencing. Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine.
Operation Silent Shield, led by the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit, targeted offenders who distributed known images and videos of child pornography over the Internet. Detectives traced the senders and receivers of those files who lived in New Jersey and made more than 40 arrests.
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