Former Rutgers Instructor Pleads Guilty To Sharing Child Porn Videos On Internet

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Gavin Swiatek

Gavin Swiatek (Photo courtesy of the NJ Attorney General’s Office)

TRENTON – A former Rutgers University instructor has pleaded guilty to using a computer in his university office to share videos of child pornography over the internet, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

Gavin Swiatek, 49, a former biochemistry instructor on the Rutgers University Cook Campus in New Brunswick, pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of distributing child pornography before Superior Court Judge James F. Mulvihill in Middlesex County. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be sentenced to five years in state prison. He will execute a consent order to be permanently barred from public employment.

Swiatek was charged as a result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit and the Division of Criminal Justice Computer Analysis & Technology Unit. Deputy Attorney General Kenneth R. Sharpe took the guilty plea. Sentencing for Swiatek is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2013 before Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz.

In pleading guilty, Swiatek admitted that he used peer-to-peer file sharing technology to make multiple files containing child pornography readily available for any other user to download from a designated “shared folder” on his university computer. The state investigation revealed that he shared numerous files containing child pornography, mostly videos.

“Not only did this defendant contribute to the cruel exploitation of children by distributing child pornography, he did it using a university computer that was provided to him as an instructor,” said Chiesa. “He betrayed the university’s trust, as well as any measure of decency.”

“Prison is the appropriate sentence for those who distribute child pornography,” said Director Stephen J. Taylor of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We have the technology to detect this type of file-sharing activity on the Internet, and we will continue to work aggressively with the New Jersey State Police to track down such offenders and put them behind bars.”

“The penalties prescribed for those guilty of distributing child pornography will never be enough to heal the injury they inflict on our society. We will continue to investigate and expose every illegal act related to this reprehensible crime,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

Swiatek was arrested on Jan. 10, 2012, at his home in Hillsborough by members of the New Jersey State Police. Rutgers University seized Swiatek’s university computer from his office. Investigators also executed a search warrant and seized a laptop computer and digital media from Swiatek and from his home.


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