FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011
TRENTON, N.J. – Richard D. Rowley, 52, of Bayonne, N.J., pleaded guilty today to an Information charging him with one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Fishman announced.
Rowley entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Chief Judge Garrett E. Brown in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made during Rowley’s guilty plea proceeding:
Rowley admitted that from March 7, 2009, through May 3, 2009, he received at least 10 images of child pornography and shared them over the Internet. The images included graphic depictions of children under the age of 12.
As part of his guilty plea, Rowley agreed to forfeit the computers and computer accessories which he used to commit the offense. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for October 17, 2011.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI Newark Division’s Cyber Crime Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark; the Orange County, Va. Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Mark Amos; and the Bayonne, New Jersey Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Kubert, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney José R. Almonte of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Brian J. Neary Esq., Hackensack, N.J.