Plainfield Man Indicted For Distributing Child Porn Online

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NEWARK – A Plainfield man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for possessing and distributing over the Internet images depicting child sex abuse, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Carl Tullis Sr., 48, of Plainfield, was previously arrested in June 2011. He was indicted Feb. 6 on two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court: On June 2, 2011, special agents of the FBI executed a search warrant at Tullis’ residence. They seized digital evidence that contained more than 1,600 images and 1,400 videos depicting child sexual abuse, including material that involved prepubescent minors and material that portrays sadistic or masochistic conduct. The digital evidence seized included files previously downloaded from Tullis by law enforcement agents working in an undercover capacity on a publicly available peer-to-peer network.

On the distribution counts, Tullis faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years and a $250,000 fine if he is proven guilty. On the possession count, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge David Velazquez in Newark, with the investigation leading to the indictment.

The charges against Tullis are merely accusations. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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