FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – Justin Birdsall, 20, of Paramus, N.J., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh to an Information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Birdsall’s guilty plea proceeding in Newark federal court:
Birdsall admitted to possessing over 600 images of child pornography on a computer located in his residence in December 2009. At that time, Birdsall resided with his parents and three younger siblings, ages 17, 13, and 8. Birdsall acknowledged that among the images of child pornography that he possessed were images which depicted minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct with other minors and adults.
As part of his guilty plea, Birdsall agreed to forfeit computers and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense.
The count to which Birdsall pleaded guilty carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison. The count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and a mandatory minimum term of five years of supervised release. Birdsall is scheduled to be sentenced on June 13, 2011.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Innocent Images Squad, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronnell L. Wilson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Susan Cassell, Esq., Ridgewood, N.J.