Middlesex County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison For Production, Distribution Of Child Sex Abuse Images
TRENTON, N.J. – A Middlesex County, N.J., man who once worked as a school crossing guard was sentenced today to 216 months in prison for taking compromising photographs of a naked child and distributing them and hundreds of other photographs of child sexual abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Kenneth Christensen, 45, of Edison, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to information charging him with one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Christensen – who worked as a school crossing guard in Metuchen, N.J., prior to his arrest – admitted that in 2012, he sent four individuals emails containing several hundred images of child pornography, including sadistic and masochistic conduct. Christensen acknowledged he distributed more than 600 such images.
Christensen also admitted that some of the files he distributed were photographs he took himself, including in his own bedroom, of a naked, prepubescent child who was bound in some of the images.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Christensen to lifetime supervised release and required him to register as a sex offender.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Eskew of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: K. Anthony Thomas Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark