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Former freehold, new jersey YMCA Employee sentenced to 55 months in prison for possession of child pornography



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2011


 

TRENTON, N.J. – A former employee of a YMCA in Freehold, N.J., was sentenced today to 55 months in prison for collecting images of children being sexually abused, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Thomas Freeman, 54, of Wall Township, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an Indictment charging him with possession of child pornography, admitting he saved several hundred images of child pornography to his home computer. Judge Sheridan also imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In July 2008, federal agents executed a search warrant at Freeman’s home. During the search, agents seized a desktop computer and various media storage devices belonging to Freeman. Subsequent forensic analysis of the computer revealed several hundred images of child pornography, including multiple images of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Freeman to 10 years of supervised release. Freeman is required to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited postal inspectors from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett in Newark, for the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Clabby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton, and Amy Luria of the Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

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Defense counsel: Peter Carter Esq., Newark, N.J.

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