FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. - A Monmouth County, N.J., man today admitted using a computer in his home to distribute images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Nathan Brochstein, 40, of Wayside, N.J., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Brochstein admitted making images and videos depicting child sexual abuse available to others on the Internet via peer-to-peer file sharing software. He also admitted possessing more than 600 images of child sexual abuse on his computer and external hard drive, which were seized from his residence in November 2012. Brochstein acknowledged that among the images and videos of child pornography he possessed and distributed were images and videos that portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence and included images of a prepubescent minor.
The count to which Brochstein pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, followed by a mandatory minimum of five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cari Fais of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Robert Weir Esq., Red Bank, N.J.