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venerdì 14 luglio 2017
ELIZABETH -- A Roselle man who pleaded guilty to possessing and sharing hundreds of videos and pictures of child pornography was sentenced to five years in prison.
Dimas Zuniga, 45, of Roselle, had approximately 350 videos and images of child pornography, according to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.
Zuniga admitted he knowingly used file-sharing software to make files containing child pornography available for other users to download from a designated folder on his computer, Porrino said.
Zuniga was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home in March 2016 during "Operation Safeguard," a child pornography sweepconducted by the Division of Criminal Justice, ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the New Jersey State Police, Porrino said. Sixteen men were charged in the investigation.
Zuniga was indicted on Jan. 19. On June 5, he pleaded guilty on June 5 to a second-degree charge of distribution of child pornography.
On Friday, Union County Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh sentenced Zuniga to five years in state prison.
Zuniga will also be required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life, Porrino said.
Porrino said a New Jersey State Police detective had downloaded videos from a shared folder at an IP address traced to Zuniga. When authorities executed a search warrant at Zuniga's home, detectives took his computer equipment, including a hard drive that contained approximately 350 files of child pornography, he said.
During Operation Safeguard, investigators monitored several online file-sharing networks, searching for telltale digital "fingerprints" and search terms popular with offenders who download and trade child pornography, Porrino said.
"Child pornography is a product that is manufactured by torturing and sexually exploiting young children, and criminals like Zuniga who distribute this product online contribute directly to that exploitation," said Porrino. "By sending offenders like Zuniga to prison, we hammer home the message that this is a very serious crime that will be met with stern punishment."
Porrino urged anyone who has information about the distribution of child pornography on the Internet or who suspects improper contact by unknown persons communicating with children via the Internet or possible exploitation or sexual abuse of children to contact the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Tipline at 888-648-6007.