gloucester county, n.J., man charged with receiving and distributing child pornography
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2012
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County N.J., man was arrested today after law enforcement officers discovered alleged child pornography on a computer at his residence, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Gerrett Conover, 47, of Woolwich Township, N.J., is charged by Complaint with one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. Conover is scheduled to appear Friday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court.
According to the criminal Complaint;
In April 2012, during the course of an internet investigation of a child exploitation, federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, Mass., discovered various individuals corresponding via the internet about engaging in sexually explicit conduct with children. Leads were sent out from Boston throughout the United States, including a lead pertaining to Conover. The evidence from the Boston investigation showed that Conover engaged in sexually explicit internet “chats” with the Boston target in 2010, and that the two men traded child pornography with each other via the internet.
Conover was arrested entering the United States from Canada on Sept.16, 2012, and was in possession of a computer allegedly containing more than 50 images of child pornography and an additional internet chat in which Conover acknowledged having a long-term relationship with a boy while the boy was 10 to 17 years of age. During the internet chat, Conover allegedly stated that he served as a Boy Scout leader and obtained access to the boy after Boy Scout meetings and during trips.
As a result of the New York arrest, agents obtained search warrants for Conover’s home and recovered various computers, hard drives and electronic devices, including a laptop computer which was found through a preliminary examination to contain at least 10 images of alleged child pornography, which had been downloaded from the internet. In addition, agents found numerous materials allegedly establishing Conover’s involvement in the Boy Scouts during the time period from 1990-2000.
If convicted of receipt and distribution of child pornography, Conover faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of
Special Agent in Charge Andrew McLees, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.
The charge and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense counsel: Maggie Moy Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden