FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. – An Ocean County, N.J., man today admitted taking pornographic pictures of two minors, ages 6 and 3, in Pennsylvania, and distributing those pictures to other individuals between 2008 and 2010, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Dwayne Tucker, 26, of Bayville, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to an Information charging him with one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
In addition to taking and distributing the pictures, Tucker admitted to possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on his computer and accessories, which were seized from his Bayville residence in December 2010. Tucker acknowledged that among the images of child pornography 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.
Tucker was previously charged by Criminal Complaint with possession of child pornography in December 2010, and by Indictment with distribution and possession of child pornography in February 2012. He has been in custody since his initial December 2010 arrest.
Tucker faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison for the child pornography production charge. The possession of child pornography charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. Each charge also carries a $250,000 maximum fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Investigations Branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Michael Cavallaro, Cherry Hill, N.J., with the investigation leading to the 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: Hal Haveson Esq., Princeton, N.J.