Criminal Justice News

Friday, May 18, 2012

Passaic County Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

CAMDEN—A Passaic County, New Jersey man was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for downloading images of young children engaged in sexual activity and posed in a sexually explicit manner, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Gilbert Seidel, 48, of Hawthorne, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography. Judge Irenas imposed sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements in court:

Seidel admitted to possessing videos of child pornography that he had downloaded from the Internet, acknowledging he had videos he knew depicted prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The files were downloaded using a peer-to-peer file sharing program. A search of Seidel’s residence by law enforcement uncovered hundreds of child pornography files, including videos of a young girl and a toddler being sexually assaulted. As part of his guilty plea, Seidel agreed to forfeit the computers and computer accessories he used to commit the offense.

Seidel was previously charged by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office for related conduct—pursuant to an investigation by Passaic County Sheriff’s Office and the Hawthorne Police Department Detective Bureau—before the possession case was referred for federal prosecution.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Irenas sentenced Seidel to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $3,000 in restitution. Seidel’s bail was revoked, and he was ordered detained on May 7, 2012 for violating the condition that he not possess connected devices. He is also required to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Cyber Crime Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence. He also thanked the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, and Hawthorne Detective Bureau for their invaluable work.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane H. Yoon of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

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