NEWARK– A Linden man was arrested yesterday and charged for allegedly distributing child pornography from his home computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
John Ellenbacher, 47, is charged by complaint with one count of distributing images of child sex abuse over the internet. He was scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to the criminal complaint:
In August 2012, law enforcement officers engaged in a child exploitation investigation intercepted emails containing criminal images and videos. Subsequent investigation into the origin of the emails led to a computer at Ellenbacher’s home.
Special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) executed a search warrant yesterday at Ellenbacher’s residence in Linden, seizing digital evidence that contained multiple images depicting child sexual abuse, including material involving prepubescent minors. Ellenbacher was taken into custody following the search.
The distribution count 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.
Fishman credited special agents of ICE HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charge.
The charge and allegations against Ellenbacher are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Authorities are asking anyone with information which may be relevant to this investigation to contact ICE HSI through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form at Http://Www.Ice.Gov/Exec/Forms/Hsi-Tips/Tips.Asp.
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