ohio man sentenced to more than 20 years in prison on six counts of distribution of child pornography into new jersey
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October 3, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – An Ohio man who used the mails to distribute to New Jersey videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct was sentenced to 262 months in prison today, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Andrew Cox, 27, of Columbus, Ohio, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares to a Second Superseding Indictment charging him with six counts of distribution of child pornography. Judge Linares imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
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 2010 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.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Linares sentenced Cox to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $223,447 in restitution.
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 Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, with the with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.
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 Pedicini Esq., Morristown, N.J.