FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, N.J., man who admitted collecting sexually explicit images of children on DVDs he purchased from Japan and by downloading them from the Internet was sentenced to 36 months in prison today, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Hakan Pekcan, 49, of Highland Park, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge José L. Linares to an Information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography. Judge Linares imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Pekcan admitted to possessing on computers, hard drives and storage disks in his home illegal images and videos of children. 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.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Linares sentenced Pekcan to five years supervised release, fined him $10,000 and ordered him to pay restitution of $3,500.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited postal inspectors of the U.S. 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 in Newark.
Defense counsel: John A. Azzarello Esq., Chatham, N.J.