New Jersey Doctor Sentenced To Seven Years On Child Porn Charge

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NEWARK—Rocco Martino, 43, of South Orange, was sentenced Tuesday to 84 months in prison for making available images and videos of prepubescent children being sexually abused—sometimes violently—to others over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Martino, a doctor who recently practiced internal and sports medicine in Berkeley Heights, pleaded guilty in January to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. He entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Williams H. Walls, who also imposed the sentence on May 8 in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Martino admitted that he 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. Martino 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 Martino’s computer included pictures of very young children being restrained and sexually abused.

In addition to the prison term, Walls sentenced Martino to serve seven years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $20,000 fine. As part of his guilty plea, Martino 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.

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; detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray; and the South Orange Police Department, under the direction of Chief James M. Chelel, with the investigation.


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