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New Jersey Man Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

June 13, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Titusville, New Jersey, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to serve 48 months in prison followed by 15 years supervised release for violating federal child sexual exploitation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Alexander Brent, 41, pleaded guilty to one count and was sentenced by United States District Judge Gustave Diamond for possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In connection with the guilty plea and sentence, the court was advised that, from December 2009 to Dec. 22, 2010, while accompanying a member of the Armed Forces in Germany, Brent possessed thousands of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Trial Attorney Andrew McCormack of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the United States Department of Justice and Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Postal Inspection Service, the High Tech Investigative Unit of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and the Wiesbaden (Germany) Police Department for the successful investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.

This case is a product of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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