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Over a dozen arrested in child porn sweep in New Jersey July 18, 2009

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The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrests of almost two dozen people ranging in age from 14 to 67 for sharing child pornography online.  While one story indicated that this was a fourth degree crime, it is actually a second degree crime.  Thus, I predict that most, if not all of these defendants will plea out to a three or five year sentence,  assuming they have no prior record.

Of course, if any of them actually retains a good attorney, they could avoid prison but it won’t be easy.  Most of these cases never go to trial for a number of reasons, with the primary reason being that most defendants admit to the crime and the secondary reason being attorneys that don’t know anything about these cases and how to defend them. 

According to the prosecutor’s office, those arrested and charged with possession of child pornography are:

Jordan Winczuk, 24, an unemployed single male, of the 100 block of W. Holly Avenue, Oaklyn. He is also charged with distribution, the prosecutor said.

Michael Connelly, 51, a married police dispatcher, of the 1300 block of Elm Avenue in Haddon Township. He is also charged with distribution.

Samuel Sanders IV, 18, a single student, of the first block of Jasmine Lane, Gloucester Township.

James Patry, 46, a married truck driver, of the 100 block of New Brooklyn Road, Winslow. He is also charged with distribution.

David Bellocchio, 38, a single convenience store supervisor, of the first block of Constitution Blvd., Berlin Borough. He is also charged with distribution.

Clarence Pribus, 67, a married and retiree, of the 2100 block of Carriage Lane, Waterford.

Tim Schiffman, 27, a single military employee, of the 200 block of Barberry Lane, Haddonfield.

George C. Walter, 61, a married retiree, of the 100 block of Valley Place, Cherry Hill.

Jonathan Carpenter, 25, a single car salesman, of the first block of Royal Court, Voorhees. Car salesman, single.

Keith Jackson, 19, a single student, of the first block of Southgate Drive, Voorhees.

Jose Suarez, 30, a single port worker, of the 700 block of River Road, Camden. He is also charged with distribution.

Keenan Bain, 25, a single materials handler, of the 400 block of Carl Miller Blvd., Camden. He is also charged with distribution.

A warrant has also been issued for Walter Taylor III, 25, of the 1200 block of Lakeshore Drive, Camden. Unknown profession, single.

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NJ YMCA worker faces child porn charges June 6, 2009

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Alex Kahn, an 18 year old high school student from Basking Ridge has been charged with second- and fourth-degree charges of endangering the welfare of a child after an undercover investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The second degree charge  is for the alleged distribution of child pornography and the fourth degree charge is for the possession charge.  Like most child porn investigations these days, the alleged child porn was found in a “shared folder” most likely for use in a P2P service like BearShare.  The problem with that is that most people do not realize that their downloads are automatically placed in a shared folder.

These cases are great for a defense attorney; at least they should be. However, most defendants including Mr. Kahn, confess to everything which severely limits a defense attorney’s options.  Without a confession, it is possible to avoid charges all together.  I know this because I have done it in my own practice.  Thus, when attorneys such as myself beg people to call an attorney first over and over again, we have clients like Kahn in mind. 

Nevertheless, even with a statement, you can still work out great deals.  Hopefully Kahn gets an attorney that knows what he or she is doing.  I see far too many attorneys that take computer crime cases when they know don’t even know how to turn on a computer.

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Bergen County Prosecutor arrests 21 people in child pornography investigation April 24, 2009

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16 adults and 5 juveniles were arrested for the alleged possession and/or distribution of child pornography.  Police from Passaic, Union, Sussex and Morris counties, along with State police and the New Jersey Attorney General’s office assisted in the investigation and arrests. 

The defendants include:
– Joseph Ponsi, 63, who retired in 2004 after 30 years as a guidance counselor for the Palisades Park junior and senior high schools.
– William DeMarzo, 48, a member of the Old Tappan planning board
– Anthony Engstrom, 20, a dispatcher for Maywood Police department
– Max Weinstein, 18, Edgewater
– Anthony Luciano, 23, Park Ridge
– Ronnie Franklin, 31, Hackensack
– Ramon Cruz, 36, Bergenfield
– Daniel Borjas, 31, North Arlington
– Chris Bohan,  29, Paramus
– Daniel Berardo, 18, Cresskill
– Marc Serkin, 45, Cranford
– Gilbert Seidel, 45, Hawthorne
– Joseph Robibero, 30, Vernon
– John Prevete, 44, Bloomingdale
– Wilman Rangel Mejia, 44, Paterson
– Louis Beyer, 39, Butler

Any charged with possession of child pornography is looking at a 4th degree felony.  Any of them charged with distribution is looked at a 2nd degree felony.  Some attorneys have reported problems dealing with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office on these cases, but I’ve done quite well.  The Assistant Prosecutors I’ve dealt with have been fair and professional, but maybe that’s just me.

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