FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. – A Trenton grand jury returned an Indictment today charging an Ocean County, N.J., man for his alleged distribution and possession of child pornography, including images of very young children participating in sexually explicit conduct with adults, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Dwayne Tucker, 26, of Bayville, N.J., is charged with 28 counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Tucker was previously charged by criminal Complaint with possession of child pornography in December 2010. He has been in custody since his arrest on that charge. The defendant will be arraigned on the new charges in Trenton federal court on a date to be determined.
According to the Indictment and other documents filed in this case:
From June 2010 through November 2010, Tucker sent hundreds of images and videos of child pornography to various online contacts by email and through links during online chats. Additionally, Tucker shared his child pornography collection with others on a peer-to-peer network, an Internet-based file sharing program.
A thumb drive found in a jacket pocket during a law enforcement search of Tucker’s bedroom contained images of prepubescent children performing sex acts on adults.
Tucker faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison for each of the 28 distribution of child pornography charges. The possession of child pornography charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. Each charge also carries a $250,000 maximum fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees, as well as officers of the Berkeley Township Police Department, with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Wolfe of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense counsel: Assistant Federal Public Defender David Schafer, Senior Litigator, Trenton