It's an epidemic within itself that law enforcement at all levels has been working to address, crack down on, and try and terminate the trend altogether.

One reason these child porn cases are coming to light is because of the effectiveness of several law enforcement strategies and investigations.

Two more New Jersey men have pleaded guilty in court and face lengthy prison sentences for possession of child pornography, as announced by U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger with the Department of Justice.

In his guilty plea, 44-year-old Cory Newman of Atlantic City admitted to possession of child sexual abuse images in Camden federal court.

Newman's nefarious activity came to an end in 2021 and on May 20 of last year Attorney Sellinger said that Department of Homeland Security Agents as well as those from Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at his home in Atlantic City and found "electronic devices containing numerous videos and images of children being sexually abused." 

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This wasn't the first time Newman has been arrested and charged for possession of child porn, and because of that, Attorney Sellinger said that he is looking at "an enhanced mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000."

The government in his case is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Johns of the Criminal Division in Camden.

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The defense counsel for Newman is Lisa Lewis Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden.

Meanwhile, a Belleville man who spent the early part of the pandemic distributing child porn is now on his way to prison.

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Attorney Sellinger announced that 51-year-old Mauricio Calderon has been sentenced to 11 years in prison (135 months) for distributing child porn videos and pictures.

Calderon previously pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography.

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In a month's time, from March 2020 to April 10, 2020, Attorney Sellinger said that "Calderon used an encrypted, internet-based application to distribute multiple graphic videos depicting the sexual assault of minors." 

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While investigators were looking into the extent of his child porn crimes, they learned that "Calderon publicly posted multiple videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, some of which featured infants and toddlers, in a chatroom, and also sent links that redirected to web pages containing child pornography. Law enforcement also discovered numerous videos and images of child sexual abuse on Calderon’s electronic devices when he was arrested at his home in September 2020."

In addition to 11 years in prison, Calderon was sentenced to 10 years of supervised release.

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Attorney Sellinger said that the government in Calderon's case is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark and that the defense counsel for Calderon is Peter Guadagnino Esq., New York.

NJ arrests 31 accused child predators in Operation 24/7

A roundup of 31 men have been accused of sexually exploiting children online, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on July 14 while detailing "Operation 24/7."

The suspects “possessed and or distributed videos and images of child sexual abuse, including in many cases videos of young children being raped by adults,” Grewal said.

Chat apps and gaming platforms remain favorite hunting grounds for child predators and even as the pandemic winds down, many children have continued to spend more time online.

State Police received 39% more tips in just the first 6 months of 2021 than they received in the entire year in 2019. The following are suspects charged in "Operation 24/7."

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