NEWARK – A former seventh grade science teacher and swim coach at an independent New Jersey day school admitted Wednesday to making available images and videos of pre-pubescent children being sexually abused – sometimes violently – to others over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Brian Stern, 35, of Montclair, entered his guilty plea to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Stern’s guilty plea proceeding:
Until May 2011 when he was arrested, Stern downloaded and posted videos and images of child pornography via peer-to-peer file sharing software, through which others had access to the material on a shared drive. Stern admitted that his offerings included images of numerous children younger than 12 and depictions of sadistic and violent conduct. The images downloaded by federal investigators and found on Stern’s computer included pictures of very young children being restrained and sexually abused.
As part of his guilty plea, Stern agreed to forfeit the computer and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for July 24, 2012.
Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Cyber Crime Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward; and detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.
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