south jersey man admits distributing images of child sexual abuse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2014
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Gloucester County, N.J., man admitted today that he distributed images of child sexual abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Gerrett Conover, 48, of Woolwich Township, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden to Count Three of the indictment against him, distribution of child pornography. Conover has been in custody since his arrest.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Sept. 16, 2012, Conover was intercepted at the United States border on his way from Canada into New York and was found in possession of a laptop containing images of sexually exploited children. Agents obtained a search warrant for Conover’s home in Woolwich Township and seized various computers and other media containing additional images of child sexual abuse. The search also uncovered materials allegedly establishing Conover’s involvement in the Boy Scouts between 1990 and 2000.
At his guilty plea proceeding, Conover admitted that he knowingly distributed images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The distribution charge to which Conover pleaded guilty is punishable by a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 15, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees, with the investigation. He also thanked HSI Offices in Boston; Messina, N.Y.; Los Angeles; and San Bernardino, Calif.; as well as Customs and Border Protection in Ogdensburg, N.Y., for their roles.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.
Defense counsel: Jerome Brown Esq., Philadelphia