FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – Hakan Pekcan, 49, of Basking Ridge, N.J., admitted today to collecting sexually explicit images of children on DVDs he purchased from Japan and by downloading them from the Internet, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Pekcan pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge José L. Linares to an Information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Pekcan’s guilty plea proceeding in Newark federal court:
Pekcan admitted to possessing illegal images and videos of children on computers, hard drives and disks that were located in his home. Federal law enforcement officers seized several hard drives and hundreds of DVDs during a search of his residence in July 2010. Pekcan acknowledged that some of the images and videos depicted prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
As part of his guilty plea, Pekcan agreed to forfeit computers and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense.
The count to which Pekcan pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Pekcan is currently scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, 2011.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited postal inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett in Newark, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane H. Yoon of the
U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: John A. Azzarello Esq., Chatham, N.J.