FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – Andrew Cox, 26, of Columbus, Ohio, admitted today to using the mails to distribute to New Jersey videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Cox pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to a Second Superseding Indictment charging him with six counts of distribution of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Cox, who has graduate law and business degrees, admitted to using his Yahoo! email account to send a catalog listing videos of child pornography in April 2010 and mailing videos six different times into New Jersey between May and June 2010. Cox admitted to accepting payment through PayPal and trading child pornography videos for other videos with his New Jersey based customer. Cox acknowledged the videos of child pornography that he distributed depicted prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. As part of his guilty plea, Cox agreed to forfeit the computer and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense.
Each count to which Cox pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum of five years of imprisonment, a potential maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the Court is bound to sentence Cox to a term of imprisonment of 210-262 months. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 14, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett in Newark and Inspector in Charge Robin Dalgleish in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and detectives of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Peter E. Warshaw Jr., with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jane H. Yoon and Shana W. Chen of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Michael A. Orozco Esq., West Long Branch, N.J.