FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. – Christopher Seufert of Brick, N.J., today admitted to possessing more than 600 images of child pornography and to using his computer to send and store them, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Seufert, 31, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Trenton federal court to an Information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Seufert admitted he possessed more than 600 images of child pornography on a computer located in his residence in March 2010. He admitted using his America Online email account to send some of the images to himself and store them. Seufert acknowledged that among the images 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 tip from America Online.
The count to which Seufert pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison, followed by a mandatory minimum of five years supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Seufert is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 16, 2012. As part of his guilty plea, Seufert agreed to forfeit the computers and computer accessories he used to commit the offense.
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, and the N.J. State Police and with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Wolfe of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense Counsel: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton