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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Irish National Pleads Guilty to Transportation of Child Pornography

NEWARK—Farrell Corrway, 29, an Irish national, today admitted to transporting more than 600 images of child pornography into New Jersey on a computer hard drive, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Corrway pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of transportation of child pornography.

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

Corrway admitted that on September 7, 2010, he transported more than 600 images of child pornography into the state on an external hard drive that was in his possession. Corrway, who was present in the United States on a travel visa, was the subject of a child pornography investigation by the FBI in Buffalo, New York, when law enforcement officers learned Corrway was planning to leave the country from Newark. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers conducted a border search of Corrway’s possessions at Newark Liberty International Airport and identified multiple images of child pornography on the external hard drive in Corrway’s possession. Corrway acknowledged that among the images of child pornography were depictions of prepubescent minors and portrayals of sadistic conduct or other depictions of violence to children.

As part of his guilty plea, Corrway agreed to forfeit the external hard drive that he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The transportation of child pornography count to which Corrway pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential of 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for September 11, 2012.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) under the leadership of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees; and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota in Buffalo, for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked CBP Officers, under the direction of Director Robert E. Perez, Field Operations, New York, for their vital investigative role.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee M. Cortes, Jr. of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

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