Hunterdon county, n.J., man pleads guilty to distributing videos of child sexual abuse over the internet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2012
TTRENTON, N.J. – A Hunterdon County, N.J., man today admitted distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
John Livoti, 42, of Hampton, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to an Information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography. Livoti is currently in federal custody.
According to papers filed in the case and statements made in court:
Livoti admitted that from May 2011 through February 2012 he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download and to share images of child pornography through the Internet. He accessed the Internet through his neighbor’s wireless Internet connection. He further admitted that for a period of time in 2011 he paid for a minor, living in another state, to access the peer-to-peer network so that the minor could access child pornography.
Special agents of the FBI and other law enforcement executed a search warrant at Livoti’s apartment in Hampton, N.J., on Feb. 2, 2012. Law enforcement seized a netbook computer and an external hard drive that contained child pornography.
Because of his prior convictions for sexual assault and for possession of child pornography, the count of distributing child pornography to which Livoti pleaded guilty is punishable by a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark; the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III; and Hunterdon County Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, with the investigation leading to the federal charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Clabby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense counsel: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton