FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. – Patrick McGuigan of Burlington, N.J., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas to an Information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during McGuigan’s guilty plea proceeding in Camden federal court:
McGuigan, 62, admitted to possessing over 600 images of child pornography on a computer located in his residence in June 2010. McGuigan 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, including material portraying sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.
The criminal images were brought to the attention of law enforcement by a family member of McGuigan’s who performed maintenance on his computer.
As part of his guilty plea, McGuigan agreed to forfeit computers and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense.
The count to which McGuigan pleaded guilty carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison, followed by a mandatory minimum of five years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. McGuigan is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15, 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. He also thanked the Burlington City Police Department, the Evesham Police Department, and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office for their work on the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline M. Carle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.
Defense counsel: Lori Koch, Esq., Camden