FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – Richard Olivieri, 64, of Belleville, N.J., pleaded guilty today to an Indictment charging him with four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Olivieri entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Olivieri’s guilty plea proceeding:
Olivieri admitted that on February 8, 2008, he emailed four images of child pornography to an undercover law enforcement officer in Ohio. Olivieri also admitted that between February 8, 2008, and July 30, 2008, he possessed over 600 images of child pornography on a computer at his residence.
As part of his guilty plea, Olivieri agreed to forfeit the computer and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The distribution of child pornography counts each carry a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. The possession of child pornography count carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for August 1, 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. Attorneys André M. Espinosa and Gurbir S. Grewal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Kevin F. Carlucci, Esq., Newark