Cranford Man Arrested On Child Porn Charge

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CRANFORD– Law enforcement officers arrested a 29-year-old Cranford man on Tuesday after discovering alleged child pornography on his home computer during a search following an undercover investigation, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Andrew Johnson is charged by complaint with one count of distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet. Johnson appeared Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court and was released on a $100,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 3, 2012, Dec. 7, 2012 and April 4, 2013, Johnson distributed videos and images depicting child sexual abuse, on the Internet via peer-to-peer file sharing software, which allowed others access to the material in shared directories. An undercover agent discovered and downloaded the images and videos, and the username and IP address of the sharer was traced back to Johnson’s residence.

Johnson was arrested after FBI special agents executed a search warrant on May 7 at his Cranford home.

The possession count carries a 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 the FBI, Newark Division’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, and the Cranford Police Department with the investigation leading to the arrest.The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Alfonzo Walsman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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