FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – Peter Dafferner, 67, of Randolph, N.J., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an Indictment charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Dafferner’s guilty plea proceeding in Newark federal court:
Dafferner possessed over 600 images of child pornography on a computer located in his residence in September 2009. Dafferner acknowledged that among the images of child pornography that he possessed were images which depicted minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct with other minors and adults, as well as in sadistic and masochistic conduct.
As part of his guilty plea, Dafferner agreed to forfeit computers and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense.
The count to which the defendant pleaded guilty carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 14, 2011.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Squad assigned to Innocent Images, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Foster of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Michael Orozco, Esq. Newark, N.J.