NEW JERSEY MAN, STANLEY ZDON, III, PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO PRODUCE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
STANLEY ZDON, III, age 28, a resident of Tuckerton, New Jersey, pled guilty today to conspiracy to produce child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.
According to court documents, in November 2013, ZDON was arrested by special agents with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) after they determined that ZDON was responsible for creating and posting videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet. ZDON has been in custody since his arrest.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 18, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan. Conspiracy to produce child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than fifteen (15) years and a maximum penalty of thirty (30) years imprisonment, supervised release of not less than five years up to life, and ZDON will have to register as a sex offender.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.
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